A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)





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The action in A Big Hand for the Little Lady centers around a high-stake poker game. The participants include some of the wealthiest men in the West (among them Jason Robards Jr., Kevin McCarthy, Charles Bickford and Paul Ford). Into this rarefied atmosphere trudges impoverished farmer Henry Fonda, who despite the protests of his wife Joanne Woodward plunks down his last dollars to join the game. Halfway through the proceedings, Fonda falls ill. With quiet desperation, Woodward sits down daintily at the table and says in a firm voice, "Gentlemen, how do you play this game?" End of story? Not by a long shot! This O. Henry-style shaggy dog story is based on a Dupont Show of the Week TV presentation Big Deal at Laredo. Keep an eye out for two movie veterans in bit parts: silent screen comic Chester Conklin and 1930's leading lady Mae Clarke.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Western
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Henry Fonda
as Meredith
Jason Robards
as Henry Drummond
Paul Ford
as Ballinger
Charles Bickford
as Benson Tropp
Burgess Meredith
as Doc Scully
Kevin McCarthy
as Otto Habershaw
Robert Middleton
as Dennis Wilcox
John Qualen
as Jesse Buford
James Kenney
as Sam Rhine
Jim Boles
as Pete
Virginia Gregg
as Mrs. Drummond
Chester Conklin
as Old Man in Saloon
Mae Clarke
as Mrs. Craig
Ned Glass
as Owney Price
James Griffith
as Mr. Stribling
Noah Keen
as Sparrow
Milton Selzer
as Fleeson
Louise Glenn
as Celie Drummond
William Cort
as Arthur
Percy Helton
as Arthur's Father
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Critic Reviews for A Big Hand for the Little Lady

All Critics (2)

Pleasant but relatively thin western comedy.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the film works despite the handicaps. A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a charmer.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
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Audience Reviews for A Big Hand for the Little Lady


Joanne Woodward is pretty good as the meek little wife who has to take her husband's (Henry Fonda) place at the poker table after he falls ill. She of course knows nothing about the game and learns as she goes against some obnoxious town moneybags, one of whom is Jason Robards Jr. Saying any more would be spoiling the fun.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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It's kind of thin, but very charming. Especially the performance by Paul Ford of the clever, curmudgeonly banker. There are some Hollywood legends in this and it's funny finish is the highlight. However, the poker game that attempts to build suspense, fails to push the right buttons.

Lawrence Watson
Lawrence Watson

As the movie advances, you'll be dying to know how it turns out. DON'T read any spoilers! Trust me!

Bryan B
Bryan B

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