A Big Hand for the Little Lady


A Big Hand for the Little Lady

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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.

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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
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
Louise Glenn
as Celie Drummond
Percy Helton
as Arthur's Father
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Critic Reviews for A Big Hand for the Little Lady

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Audience Reviews for A Big Hand for the Little Lady

  • Jul 07, 2013
    Clever plot with unusual twists, a great cast, excellent dialogue. And funny, really, really funny.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2009
    Charming comedy with wonderful supporting cast.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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