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Pocketful of Miracles -- Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself...

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Director:
Writers:
Hal Kanter (screenplay) and
Harry Tugend (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 February 1962 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pocketful of Wonderful Miracles **** See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Dave the Dude

Bette Davis ... Apple Annie

Hope Lange ... Queenie Martin

Arthur O'Connell ... Count Alfonso Romero

Peter Falk ... Joy Boy

Thomas Mitchell ... Judge Henry G. Blake

Edward Everett Horton ... Hudgins
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Junior
David Brian ... Governor

Sheldon Leonard ... Steve Darcey
Peter Mann ... Carlos Romero

Ann-Margret ... Louise

Barton MacLane ... Police Commissioner (as Barton Maclane)

John Litel ... Police Inspector McCrary
Jerome Cowan ... Mayor
Jay Novello ... Cortego
Frank Ferguson ... Newspaper Editor

Willis Bouchey ... Newspaper Editor
Fritz Feld ... Pierre

Ellen Corby ... Soho Sal
Gavin Gordon ... Mr. Cole
Benny Rubin ... Flyaway

Jack Elam ... Cheesecake

Mike Mazurki ... Big Mike

Hayden Rorke ... Police Captain Moore

Doodles Weaver ... Pool Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Betty Bronson ... Mayor's Wife (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Mallethead (uncredited)
Marc Cavell ... Young Reporter (uncredited)
Jacqueline deWit ... Louise (uncredited)
Josip Elic ... Darcey Henchman (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Herbie - Hotel Employee (uncredited)
Bernard Fein ... Darcey's Henchman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Pedestrian Entering Queenie Martin's Club (uncredited)

Peter Ford ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Man in Pool Hall (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Lloyd (uncredited)

James Griffith ... Briscoe (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Truck-Driving Hood (uncredited)

Peter Hansen ... Governor's Aide (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Bald Patron at Queenie Martin's (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Detective (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Dock Extra (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ... Powder (uncredited)
Paul Micale ... (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Billy Nelson ... Hood (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Hood (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Hairdresser (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Knuckles (uncredited)
Amanda Randolph ... Annie's Neighbor (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Detective #1 (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Angie (uncredited)
William F. Sauls ... Smiley (uncredited)
Edgar Stehli ... Gloomy (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Dock Extra (uncredited)

George E. Stone ... Shimkey (uncredited)
Harry Swoger ... (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man Who Helps Annie (uncredited)
Kelly Thordsen ... The Weasel (uncredited)
Romo Vincent ... Brisbane (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Pool Hall Extra (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Governor of Florida (uncredited)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Queenie's 'Broad' in Black Dress (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Slop - Pretends to be Governor of Utah (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Hal Kanter (screenplay) and
Harry Tugend (screenplay)

Robert Riskin (based on a screenplay by)

Damon Runyon (story)

Jimmy Cannon  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
Glenn Ford .... associate producer
Joseph Sistrom .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Scharf (music scored by)
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner (director of photography) (as Robert Bronner)
 
Film Editing by
Frank P. Keller (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes by)
Walter Plunkett (costumes: men)
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Frank Capra Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... recording director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Editorial Department
Nick Archer .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Walter Scharf .... music conductor
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... choreographer
 
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Runtime:
136 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jean Arthur, Katharine Hepburn and Shirley Booth turned down the role of Apple Annie.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Set in 1931, a newspaper is paid for by a Jefferson-head nickel, first issued in 1938.See more »
Quotes:
Joy Boy:I ain't gonna marry her! An' y'know why? 'Cause my wife don't like it when I go around marryin' people! She's funny that way!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Man on the Flying TrapezeSee more »

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23 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Pocketful of Wonderful Miracles ****, 16 January 2006
Author: edwagreen from United States

Glenn Ford and the late Hope Lange in a comedy with Bette Davis taking a supporting role. Interesting enough, this crowd pleaser works quite well.

Dave The Dude (Ford) is a gangster on the verge of making a big deal. Dave is superstitious. He always must get an apple from that vagrant-looking Davis.

Davis, as Apple Annie, was phenomenal in this film. She acts just like an old broken down bag-lady. She does it with a finesse. (Is it really possible to have a refined bag-lady, you bet it is.)

Anyway, it appears that Davis has a daughter living abroad all these years. Ann-Margret is she and the latter thinks that her mother is high society. Trouble now is that Ann is getting engaged to a count and they're coming to New York to look mom over. Dave and his girlfriend, Lange, fix up Davis to make her look like a dowager. They even provide a husband for her-Thomas Mitchell!

As if this isn't funny enough, we have Peter Falk, in a truly worthy Oscar nominated supporting performance, as Dave's sidekick who can't fathom what is going on.

Edward Everett Horton is the butler who can't take bad endings. Fortunately, for him, the film has anything but that kind of ending. It's up-beat down to the last laugh.

When "the kids" sail away, Apple Annie resorts to her old ways by even announcing that her prices have gone up to her faithful friends.

A romp and memorable film.

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