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A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  15 July 1959 (USA)
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An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.

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Tony Manetta runs an unsuccessful Miami hotel, on which he can't meet the payments. Another liability is his weakness for dames (Shirl, his sexy current flame, is even less responsible than Tony). But a solid asset is Ally, his sensible 12-year-old son. When Tony wants stolid brother Mario to bail him out again, Mario makes conditions: give up Ally, or at least get married to a "nice, quiet little woman" of his selection. Tony and Ally just play along to be diplomatic, but when the woman in question proves to look like Eleanor Parker... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The original Broadway production of "A Hole in the Head" by Arnold Schulman opened at the Plymouth Theater on February 28, 1957, ran for 156 performances and closed July 13, 1957. The cast included Paul Douglas, David Burns, Lee Grant, Kay Medford and Joyce Van Patten. See more »

Goofs

When Ally is shown running back along the street calling for his father at the end, in the distance the taxi is seen making a U-turn while a large crowd of onlookers stand on the streets behind it, obviously watching the scene being filmed. See more »

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Tony Manetta: ...but like good ole Adam, my weakness is Eves. My current Eve is a Lulu. She woulda made the serpent eat the apple.
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Shirl's Theme (Cha-Cha)
(1959) (uncredited)
Written by Nelson Riddle
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What a wonderful film...funny and touching.
1 September 1999 | by (Buffalo, NY USA) – See all my reviews

I find it hard to believe that some critics dismiss this film as one of Frank Capra's lesser films. It's wonderful. Frank Sinatra is in top form as "the loser with big dreams" and portrays his role as father with great sensitivity. The movie's greatest scenes occur when Edward G. Robinson and Sinatra appear together...they are hilarious. Thelma Ritter is perfect as the sister-in-law, and Carolyn Jones plays the cooky girlfriend with an interestingly strange edge. The supporting cast is flawless (watch for the character "Sally"!) and all blend well to create a lighthearted, comical, but poignant story. I can't stress the comical effectiveness between Edward G Robinson and Sinatra enough...they should have made more films together! This movie is one of my all time favorites and I show it often to many people, never receiving a negative response. It's one of those that can be viewed over and over. Give it a chance...I doubt you'll be disappointed. Send me some comments! (Watch for Edward G Robinson's reaction as he sits in a "crazy" rocking chair!!!....and listen to the dialogue...just great!!!!)


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