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Arnold Schulman (screenplay)
Arnold Schulman (play)
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Release Date:
15 July 1959 (USA) See more »
A Frank Hug...A Frank Squeeze...And Zing Will Go the Strings of Your Heart! See more »
An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Tony Manetta

Edward G. Robinson ... Mario Manetta

Eleanor Parker ... Eloise Rogers

Carolyn Jones ... Shirl

Thelma Ritter ... Sophie Manetta

Keenan Wynn ... Jerry Marks

Joi Lansing ... Dorine

Connie Sawyer ... Miss Wexler

James Komack ... Julius Manetta (as Jimmy Komack)

Dub Taylor ... Fred
George DeWitt ... Mendy Yales

Benny Rubin ... Abe Diamond
Ruby Dandridge ... Sally
B.S. Pully ... Hood
Joyce Nizzari ... Alice
Pupi Campo ... Master of Ceremonies
Eddie Hodges ... Ally Manetta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam McDaniel ... Andy - Handyman (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Race Track Gambler (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Woman at Race Track (uncredited)

Robert B. Williams ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (screenplay)

Arnold Schulman (play)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
Frank Sinatra .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck (edited by)
Art Direction by
Eddie Imazu 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Helene Parrish .... hair stylist
Bernard Ponedel .... makeup
Rudolph Liszt .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joe Cooke .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The first time Miss Wexler arrives drunkenly back at the hotel, as she goes up the stairs, Fred calls 'Excelsior' after her. This is a reference to the poem, "Excelsior", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.See more »
Continuity: At night at the kennel club, the lights over the bleachers go dark before the dog race starts, yet the shots of Tony and Jerry talking are still brightly lit.See more »
Mario Manetta:From now on, she's your brother.See more »
Movie Connections:
High HopesSee more »


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