A Big Hand for a Little Lady

A Big Hand for a Little Lady

Fielder Cook (1966)

U Certificate
Sat 26 Aug 5:05pm - 7:05pm TCM (not TCM+1)
See Repeats
Sat 26 Aug, 6:05pm - 8:05pm TCM+1
Sun 27 Aug, 9:10am - 11:05am TCM (not TCM+1)
Sun 27 Aug, 10:10am - 12:05pm TCM+1


Our Score
Adapted from a short story by O Henry, this amiable comedy western was devised as a 50-minute TV programme. Although there are a few visible stretch marks, screenwriter Sidney Carroll and director Fielder Cook have done a creditable job in filling it out to feature length. With echoes in both The Sting and Maverick, it is slickly played by, among others, Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Charles Bickford and Burgess Meredith. It remains a mystery why the American title A Big Hand for the Little Lady was changed on its British release, especially as the town of Laredo provides the backdrop for the plot!


A poker player plans to renounce his gambling ways and become a farmer to support his family. When he learns of a high-stakes game he cannot resist, but ends up losing everything and suffering a heart attack. His wife steps into the breach to finish the game and try to win back her savings - but she has never played poker before. Western, starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards.

Cast & Crew

Meredith Henry Fonda
Mary Joanne Woodward
Henry Drummond Jason Robards
Benson Tropp Charles Bickford
Doc Scully Burgess Meredith
Otto Habershaw Kevin McCarthy
Dennis Wilcox Robert Middleton
Ballinger Paul Ford
Director Fielder Cook
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdAvailable on: video