A Big Hand For The Little Lady

A Big Hand For The Little Lady
Five men are taking part in the biggest poker game in the territory. But when a fledgling family stops in town, husband Meredith uses all of their savings to enter the game, unbeknownst to his wife, Mary. When Meredith falls ill at the table, it’s up to Mary to finish playing the game or lose all of their life’s savings. Here are a few movie mistakes to looks for while watching the western “A Big Hand for the Little Lady”.

∙ When Meredith buys into the game and Sam is getting the chips from under the bar, the overhead view of the tray shows the chips are horizontal with the white row at the far end, two rows of red and the four rows of blue being closest to Sam, near his chest. Sam sets the tray onto the bar and the chips have moved position. They’re now vertical with the blue on the left, red in the middle and the white being next to Sam’s right arm.

∙ Mary asks Sam if he could let her in the room since her husband has the key. He walks toward the stairs and the rear view of him shows the chair on his right, next to the steps is empty. There is also a man in a brown vest starting to walk down the stairs and another in a gray jacket in the hallways a few steps behind him. On Sam’s left there are two men and another man above them wearing a hat, leaning against the banister. It cuts to an overhead view and the man in the brown vest is now sitting in the chair next to the stairs and the man leaning against the banister is no longer there.

∙ When Meredith collapses, Buford calls for help and Sam and the others rush in. When Habershaw tells them to go get Doc Scully, Sam is seen standing next to Toby and the others from the bar. It cuts to a close-up of Mary when Jackie asks “what’s the matter” and Sam is in the background standing next to Buford.

∙ Mary is at the table and the purple bow is near her neck, sitting straight in the middle over her blouse. It’s still that way when she gets up to go to the bank. When it cuts to a close-up of her when she starts saying “you may play poker…” and the part of the ribbon to her left is caught under the lace ruffle of her blouse. It cuts back to the view of her and Wilcox and the part of the ribbon is over the ruffle.

∙ CAUTION: May Contain Spoilers! At the end of the movie, the performer and the saloon is singing on stage. When she sings “my posie sweet”, the closer view of C.P. and Ruby shows her left hand is sweeping chips into his hat that she’s holding with her right hand and they’re both facing the teller cage. It cuts to a farther view and Ruby is holding the hat against her and she’s talking to C.P.

“A Big Hand For The Little Lady” (1966) stars Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Paul Ford, Charles Bickford, Burgess Meredith, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Middleton and John Qualen. It runs 95 minutes and is rated PG.

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