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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 & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Touching drama,witty comedy and a drop of a fairy tale combined in another Capra's magical film 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)

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Trivia:
According to the Bette Davis biography, 'Fasten Your Seatbelts', the actress was furious when she read a Glenn Ford interview in which the actor claimed to have gotten her the part because of the boost she had given him years before in A Stolen Life (1946). Davis is quoted as saying, "Who is that son of a bitch that he should say he helped me have a comeback! That shitheel wouldn't have helped me out of a sewer!"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 »
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Soundtrack:
Jarabe tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance)See more »

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Touching drama,witty comedy and a drop of a fairy tale combined in another Capra's magical film, 25 August 2007
Author: dukis-1 from Serbia and Montenegro

I can think only of three directors who were capable of blending drama and comedy in a way that makes you applaud after the film ends.Billy Wilder,his mentor Ernst Lubitsch and of course,Frank Capra.Pocketful of Miracles(1961)is Capra's final feature and he ended his glorious career in a truly miraculous fashion.I have read many reviews which pointed out many flaws of this film,but I have to disagree.There are many elements that make this film a true masterpiece.Firstly,the screenplay based upon the story by Robert Riskin and Damon Runyon is wonderful--it is filled with witty one-liners that make you laugh and cry,and it embodies the spirit of Broadway.It is wrong to say that this film doesn't make you think after seeing it-it is much more than just a morality story,with tastefully and artistically presented characters.Secondly,there is absolutely top-notch cast,most of the actors make truly memorable performances(except for Peter Mann,who was rather stiff).Glenn Ford is a fantastic,somewhat forgotten actor,who embodied Dave the Dude superbly.As a prominent gangster and bootlegger who has a thing for Annie's apples,he is simultaneously tough,ironic,charismatic,and incredibly charming in his obstinacy and tenacity.Bette Davis again demonstrates why she was considered the best actress ever.She masterfully portrayed the complex and nuanced character of an alcoholic beggar who controls the beggary on Broadway.She actually shows that even a beggar can be stylish.And the love she has for her daughter Louise-that's magical.Beautiful Hope Lange is great(as always)in the role of Dave's lover Queenie,who wants to move to Baltimore with him and have children.Her change of heart towards Annie is wonderful.The supporting cast is adorable.Peter Falk deserved an Oscar for his inspirational and truly funny portrayal of a distrustful gangster Joy Boy.Thomas Mitchell made his last performance as a pool-hall-junkie-judge who stands in for Annie's husband.And he did it exceptionally.Ann Margret makes her debut as Annie's loving daughter.The direction is flawless,as usual when Capra is in charge.All these elements should make this film an unforgettable experience,and not just a film you watch for fun(no classic film lover should watch films just for fun). I agree that Lady for a day is a great,memorable film,special in many ways.But,the significance of Pocketful of Miracles should in no way be diminished on account of being a re-make.The sixties differ greatly from today,when irritating blockbusters,re-makes sequels and comic-book adaptations unfortunately prevail.Pocketful of Miracles is a must-see for any Capra lover,classic film lover in general,and for all the people who still believe in miracles.I'm one of them and I truly believe that both Hollywood and Europe will live again through the films who would touch the people over the mental age of three,if you know what I mean.

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