A Hole in the Head (1959)

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An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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The title and the names of Frank Capra and the leading actors appear as an aerial advertisement attached to the Goodyear blimp. See more »


References You Can't Take It With You (1938) See more »


All My Tomorrows
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Frank Sinatra (uncredited) behind credits
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A Hole in the Head Makes A Hole in One! ****
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hilarious comedy where Florida hotel owner Frank Sinatra, a widower, with a precocious young son, (an adorable Eddie Hodges) can't seem to get a handle on life. A compulsive gambler, he is about to lose everything.

Edward G. Robinson steals the show as Sinatra's old brother, a clothing store owner in New York, who is forced to come to Florida to help his debt ridden brother out. Robinson's wife is played with genuine comedy ability by the wonderful Thelma Ritter. This was one of Robinson's few portrayals in comic pictures, and he succeeds beyond belief.

Carolyn Jones portrays the girl after Sinatra, a nasty woman who will do just about anything. Eleanor Parker is simply marvelous in a supporting role as Mrs. Rogers, a widow who is a friend of Ritter, and therefore a likely match for Sinatra.

The picture has everything going for it including the Oscar-winning song High Hopes sung by Sinatra and Hodges in a memorable scene.

There are laughs by the minute with Robinson also trying to get away from his adult son, Julius, the latter spending his days using a hula hoop. When Mrs. Rogers is introduced to Sinatra, Robinson says: "I understand that your husband died and left you a couple of bucks!"

A simply great family film affair memorably played by all. You'll feel good after seeing this one.

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