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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 February 1962 (Japan)
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A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples --- he thinks they bring him luck. But Dave and girlfriend Queenie Martin need a lot more than luck when it turns out that Annie is in a jam and only they can help: Annie's daughter Louise, who has lived all her life in a Spanish convent, is coming to America with a Count and his son. The count's son wants to marry Louise, who thinks her mother is part of New York society. It's up to Dave and Queenie and their Runyonesque cronies to turn Annie into a lady and convince the Count and his son that they are hobnobbing with New York's elite. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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15 February 1962 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die unteren Zehntausend  »

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$2,900,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Apple Annie was offered to Helen Hayes who accepted it but finally couldn't do it when shooting was postponed, and she had a commitment to a State Department tour. See more »

Goofs

1950s-era taxis and other vehicles appear in rear projection footage of city streets seen in the rear window of Dave's limousine. See more »

Quotes

Dave the Dude: [handing butler a large sum of money] Ok Hutch, this oughtta take care of the helps for a while, you split it up amongst them...
Dave the DudeButler: Oh... heh heh
Dave the Dude: They know enough to keep their mouth shut?...
Butler: And their ears, yes sir...
Dave the Dude: You told them what happens if they didn't...
Butler: Oh yes
[forming a gun with his fingers imitating the sound of a machine gun]
Butler: da da da da da da da da...
Dave the Dude: [putting a hand out to stop the 'gun'] Don't... don't do that...
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Remade as Miracles - Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played in Queenie's Club
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A Heartwarming Story
30 April 2005 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis turns in a great performance as "Apple Annie". Peter Falk, as has been noted, gets the best lines. Glenn Ford shows his talent for comedy. The young Ann-Margret is as cute as can be. But if i can be permitted a bit of Trivial Observation: I had to watch the next to last scene (the police-escorted motorcade) again because i could not believe it on the first viewing. Did anyone else notice the rear projection in the back windows of the cars? The story is set in the 1930's, the cars are of that era but the automobile following in the back window looks like a 1950 Cadillac! Either that car window was a time tunnel or someone used the wrong film clip for the rear projection. That's why studios have a Continuity Department.


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