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A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Approved | | Western | 1 July 1966 (France)
Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow.

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

Sidney Carroll
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 James Berwick ... Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
Allen Collins Allen Collins ... Toby
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Pete
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Drummond
Chester Conklin ... Old Man in Saloon
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Storyline

A naive couple and a child arrive to the town on the way to San Antonio, Texas to buy a farm there. There is a poker game between the richest men in the region. The man cannot resist it and though he is a very bad poker player, enters the game betting all the money of his family. In the climax of the game he suffers a heart-attack. His wife then takes his place in the table. That's the only way of recovering their savings. But there is a little problem. Can anybody explain to her how to play poker? Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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Don't tip the little lady's hand or your friends will hate you! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Deal at Dodge City See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eden Productions Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Robards plays a character named Henry Drummond. In 1988 he would play a character with the same name in the completely unrelated TV movie version of Inherit the Wind (1960). See more »

Goofs

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

Jackie Meredith: Doc. Doc, they're playing.
Doc Joseph Scully: So am I, my boy. So am I.
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Soundtracks

Ma Blushin' Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)
(uncredited)
From the Broadway musical "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" (1900)
Written by Edgar Smith and John Stromberg
Performed by Marilyn Powell
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what a surprise!!!!!
3 April 2000 | by Robert D. RuplenasSee all my reviews

Never heard of this wonderful movie till American Movie Classics (bless 'em) showed it recently. What a cast!! Jason Robards, Charles Bickford, Joanne Woodward, Henry Fonda, Paul Ford, and Burgess Meredith - how could a movie with such a blockbuster array have received such little attention? (This was the seemingly indestructible Bickford's very last movie appearance, and he looks as robustly granitic here as he did 30 years prior.) Everyone involved puts in fine work; Meredith especially shines as the catankerous yet wistful old doctor. The production values are extremely high; the movie is great-looking, although, truth to tell, the director's background as primarily a television director does show through just a bit. However this entertaining suspense comedy does keep one involved, though I must admit I saw the surprise ending coming. Don't miss this overlooked little gem.


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