A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 5 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Paleface (1948)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Calamity Jane is despatched to find out who's smuggling rifles to the Indians, and winds up married to a hapless correspondence school dentist as part of her cover.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal
Fancy Pants (1950)
Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it's Christmas, a time ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin
Stars: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Arnold
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A movie star who can't stand loud noises accidentally joins the Army.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Lynne Overman
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Princess Margaret is travelling incognito to elope with her true love instead of marrying the man her father has betrothed her to. On the high seas, her ship is attacked by pirates who know... See full summary »

Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan
Road to Rio (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The American son of an Eastern European monarch wounded in an assassination attempt becomes a target for a terrorist organization.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Signe Hasso, William Bendix
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Parker Ballantine is a New York theater critic and his wife writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Parker must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage.

Director: Don Weis
Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Maxwell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Reardon
Tom Pedi ...
Once Over Sam
Paul Lees ...
Orville Smith
Houseley Stevenson ...
...
Big Steve's Bodyguard
Emmett Vogan ...
Psychiatrist
Mary Jane Saunders ...
Edit

Storyline

A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his free-wheeling lifestyle. Sorrowful must also evade crooked gangsters and indulge in a bit of horse-thieving. Written by Erica Schulman <ens1@psuvm.psu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Menina Mágica  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First of four feature films that Bob Hope and Lucille Ball made together. See more »

Quotes

Once Over Sam: He makes a monkey out of me? Well I'll make an omelet outta him!
See more »

Connections

Version of Little Miss Marker (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Havin' a Wonderful Wish (Time You Were Here)
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Sung by Lucille Ball (dubbed by Annette Warren (uncredited))
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
High marks for cuteness, not so high marks for comedy...
19 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

What you will think about this probably depends a lot on if you are looking more for comedy or more for a cute family film...with a strong emphasis on cute. As far as a comedy goes, it's not terribly funny. As a cute film goes, it works reasonably well--mostly because the little tyke is awfully sweet--and not always in a saccharine way. It is clearly designed as a sweet family film and Bob Hope's comedy definitely takes a back seat to this.

The story is about a period in the life of the Damon Runyon character, Sorrowful Jones. All of Runyon's characters had colorful names like this, by the way. Jones is a professional gambler--a sharpie with an aluminum heart. First and foremost, he is interested in money and hasn't an ounce of sentiment about him. However, when a poor schnook leaves his four year-old child with Jones, temporarily, Jones is forced to care for the tyke. Sadly, however, her father runs afoul of a mobster and is killed--leaving the kid to either stay with Hope or go to an orphanage. Naturally, the struggle throughout the film is for Hope to show SOME nurturing skills and force down his natural impulse to be a money-grubbing jerk. To help him in this process is his on-again/off-again girlfriend played ably by Lucille Ball.

In a goofy twist (and one I didn't care for that much), the child becomes the owner of a racehorse...of sorts. Crooks decide to put the horse in the child's name in an effort to dodge the police--but the child becomes enamored with it. This leads to a schmaltzy portion of the film when the child is hurt and ends up in the hospital. They almost give up hope (not the actor) until Bob gets the idea of sneaking the horse into the hospital (this happens all the time). But, to do this, he has to fight thugs who are intent on killing the horse instead.

All in all, this was not a bad Bob Hope vehicle despite the emphasis on schmaltz instead of humor--though I would have preferred more humor and less sentiment. It's agreeable and cute, though as I said above, some may balk at the fact that the humor, such as it is, is pretty restrained. But, Hope did show that he could handle a role with a bit more to it than his usual characters...just a bit.

By the way, there have been four versions of this film. I haven't seen any of the others, so I cannot compare them. But based on the plot, I'm not in a huge hurry to see the rest. Meh.

FYI---Little Mary Jane Saunders grew up to marry Jay Johnstone, the major league baseball player.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sorrowful Jones (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?