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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

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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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Storyline

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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apple | luck | dude | 1930s | prohibition | See All (37) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

15 February 1962 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die unteren Zehntausend  »

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Budget:

$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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When Judge Henry G. Blake (Thomas Mitchell) is on the phone rounding up people to portray society folk, he asks for Harry the Horse. Sheldon Leonard, playing Steve Darcey in this film, played Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (1955). See more »

Goofs

During the police escort to the boat in the last few minutes of the movie, a 1949 Cadillac can be seen in the rear window of the car the governor is riding in on the right side of his head. The movie is set in 1930's See more »

Quotes

Queenie Martin: [Queenie walks with her make-up artists] Alright, gang, here is your challenge. Com'on Annie, stand up and meet your makers.
[Annie stands up]
Queenie Martin: Now this got to be a complete overhaul, kids, from top to bottom.
Joy Boy: Don't forget a new set of kidneys...
Queenie Martin: Com'on Annie, lets go.
[leading Annie to the bedroom]
Queenie Martin: Com'on wizards, let's wiz!
Junior: [Junior shaking his head] My old lady always say you cannot make a pig's ear out of an old sow.
Pierre: Monsieur, your old lady was not Pierre! Hum!
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Spoofed in The Love Boat: A Dress to Remember (1982) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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Smart and Joyfull, made in Capra
19 February 2006 | by (Somewhere) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this movie once and again when I was a child. Didn't even know who Bette Davis or Frank Capra were, but already loved the film. The story is a remake of one of Capra's films of the 30's. Easy to follow, filled with smart humor and better acting. I admire the transformation of Bette Davis, great work along with wardrobe and make up departments! Last Capra's film, it has the typical characteristics of his career. The importance of emotions, the rhythm, the magic and the happy ending. It was the beginning of the future sex-symbol Ann Margret in a great and extensive cast. It's a great movie to watch with kids, or for cinema addicts looking for a rest.


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