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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Meredith
... Mary
... Henry Drummond
... C.P. Ballinger
... Benson Tropp
... Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
... Otto Habershaw
... Dennis Wilcox
... Jesse Buford
... Jackie (as Gerald Michenaud)
James Berwick ... Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
Allen Collins ... Toby
Jim Boles ... Pete
... Mrs. Drummond
... Old Man in Saloon
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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 her how to play poker? Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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Rule of the game: you must sit in from the beginning! And it's the wildest poker game in the west! See more »

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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

When Meredith calls for, and receives a new deck, he has no chips in front of him. When he is shuffling the deck, his chips re-appear on the table. See more »

Quotes

C.P. Ballinger, Banker: So it was a joke, wasn't it? I came over to see for myself.
Otto Habershaw: It was no joke.
C.P. Ballinger, Banker: Then what's so funny?
Benson Tropp: It ain't funny, C.P.
C.P. Ballinger, Banker: Don't tell me.
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Referenced in Trading Partners (1984) See more »

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Ma Blushin' Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)
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From the Broadway musical "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" (1900)
Written by Edgar Smith and John Stromberg
Performed by Marilyn Powell
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The best card playing movie I've seen
11 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well, this movie certainly beats the pants off watching THE CINCINNATI KID (the only other poker movie I can think of off the top of my head). It is a very unusual film set in the old West about a family passing through town and the head of the family who gets suckered into playing a high-stakes poker game and seems on the verge of losing everything. And, at the crucial moment when he is on the edge of either winning or going bust, he becomes too ill to continue and his wife, by default, is brought in to take his place.

The movie, despite the BRIEF overview I gave, is far deeper and is a super-intelligently written film. There are many wonderful twists and turns, but if I let it out of the bag, it would ruin it for you. Just give the movie a chance--it's a buried treasure.


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