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A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 July 1959 (USA)
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:
Miss Wexler
Julius Manetta (as Jimmy Komack)
George DeWitt ...
Mendy Yales
Abe Diamond
Ruby Dandridge ...
B.S. Pully ...
Joyce Nizzari ...


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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Release Date:

15 July 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All My Tomorrows  »


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2.35 : 1
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Nearly all of the characters' names were changed from the original play. See more »


When Shirl goes surfing at night, there is a tall island on the horizon. There is no such island offshore from Miami Beach, Florida. It is the Channel Islands, west of the actual filming location, Hollywood Beach, Oxnard, California. See more »


Fred: Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Tony Manetta: Why ?
Fred: I don't know. I ain't a philosopher!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Humanoid Woman (1989) 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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Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant!
5 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Adaptation of Arnold Schulman's play about feckless Miami Beach widower with a young son who needs a fast loan to save his ramshackle hotel, considering the idea of marrying into money with a shy (but beautiful) young widow. Slick, but not very moving comedy-drama won an Oscar for the memorable tune "High Hopes", but--with Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Eleanor Parker in the cast--it should have been much better. The youngster is played by sharp, yet Hollywood-smart Eddie Hodges, who is decent with the kind of lines concocted for him. Frank Capra directed, weakly. Some good scenes, but it runs too long and has too few jokes. **1/2 from ****

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