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Sidney Carroll (written by)
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Release Date:
1 July 1966 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Rule of the game: you must sit in from the beginning! And it's the wildest poker game in the west! See more »
Plot:
Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Meredith

Joanne Woodward ... Mary

Jason Robards ... Henry Drummond

Paul Ford ... C.P. Ballinger

Charles Bickford ... Benson Tropp

Burgess Meredith ... Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)

Kevin McCarthy ... Otto Habershaw
Robert Middleton ... Dennis Wilcox

John Qualen ... Jesse Buford
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Jackie (as Gerald Michenaud)
James Berwick ... Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
Allen Collins ... Toby
Jim Boles ... Pete

Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Drummond
Chester Conklin ... Old Man in Saloon

Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Craig

Ned Glass ... Owney Price

James Griffith ... Mr. Stribling
Noah Keen ... Sparrow
Milton Selzer ... Fleeson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Barfly Doc Talks To (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mark Allen ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Barfly (uncredited)
John Breen ... Barfly (uncredited)
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Price (uncredited)
William Cort ... Arthur (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Harry Tate (uncredited)
Tony Giorgio ... Steamboat (uncredited)
Louise Glenn ... Celie Drummond (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Poker Spectator at End (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ... Barfly (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Kevin McKenzie (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Barfly (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Rt. Rev. Mr. Monckton (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Townsman (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ... Mrs. Stribling (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jackie Minty ... Preston Drummond (uncredited)
Marilyn Powell ... Singer (uncredited)
Kenneth Sanborn ... Saloon Bystander (uncredited)
Chick Sheridan ... Poker Spectator at End (uncredited)
Henry Slate ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Ted Smile ... Poker Spectator at End (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Cashier (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Fielder Cook 
 
Writing credits
Sidney Carroll (written by)

Produced by
Fielder Cook .... producer
Joel Freeman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs  (as George Rohrs)
 
Production Design by
Robert S. Smith  (as Robert Smith)
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Production Management
Joel Freeman .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
 
Art Department
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Ward Preston .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett A. Hughes .... sound (as Everett Hughes)
 
Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Raksin .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Norman Stuart .... dialogue supervisor
Doris DeHerdt .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Big Deal at Dodge City" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
95 min
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Trivia:
Big Hand for a Little Lady and The Sting (1973) are both movies about swindling big shot gamblers who were used to swindling unsuspecting players. These two movies are also connected by the actors who starred in them. Joanne Woodward, who starred in 'Big Hand', was married (for 50 years) to Paul Newman, who starred in 'The Sting'.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Toward the end of the movie, the banjo players are playing five-string banjos which didn't exist until well after the turn of the century.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Drummond:Now then, why is Celie marrying you?
Arthur McKenzie:Because she love...
Henry Drummond:[cutting him off] Because she's homely as a lemon and just as sneaky as her old lady, and every man sets foot in this house needs just one look to figure it ain't worth 40,000 acres and a soft spot for the rest of his life.
[looking at Arthur for a reaction]
Henry Drummond:Is that what you were going to say?
Arthur McKenzie:[after a thoughtful pause] Yes, sir.
Henry Drummond:Arthur, I want you to light out of that window right there... and shimmy down the rain pipe and get on my horse and get the hell and gone away from us and your old man as far as you can get...
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
They're Starved For Entertainment In That Town, 13 April 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A Big Hand For The Little Lady takes place in Laredo, Texas circa the turn of the last century. The film actually dates itself because a couple of current record cylinders are played, Ma Blushin' Rosie and Hello My Baby both of which came out around 1900. Anyway a big annual event in this town is when five of the big movers and shakers of the community get together for a big no holds barred poker game. The big five are Jason Robards, Jr., Charles Bickford, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Middleton, and John Qualen.

After the game gets going with the whole town just hanging on word of every hand, a very tired trio of pilgrims, Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, and their child Gerald Michenaud arrive in town. They are a sorry trio, especially Fonda who would be a candidate for Gamblers Anonymous if such a thing existed in 1900. Fonda just asks if he could watch, kind of like Arthur O'Connell who hasn't got the price of favors at the bordello in There Was A Crooked Man, but the madam allows him a little fun at the keyhole for old time's sake.

Kevin McCarthy is the one who takes pity on him and in fact this is the first but not the last time he shows gallantry as a true Southern gentleman.

A Big Hand For The Little Lady is a film that's almost impossible to write about without giving away anything. I absolutely dare not go any further in talking about it.

But what A Big Hand For The Little Lady is is that it is a really original idea for a western comedy that I defy anyone to watch without enjoying it. It's not got the rough house type humor that Burt Kennedy or John Ford do in their films, but there are laughs a plenty.

This film turned out to be the farewell appearance on the big screen for Charles Bickford one of the best and most durable character actors the screen ever saw. He's kind of subdued in the film, my guess is that health problems were starting to overtake him. Still he fits the gruff part he has perfectly.

It's a fine film with a surprise twist that beats all.

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