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Pocketful of Miracles -- Apple Annie is an impish, gin-swilling New York City apple peddler who, through various enterprises, has saved enough to support her daughter--who has been at a posh European finishing school and has never seen her mother. The young woman, who thinks her mother is a society matron, is about to visit "The Big Apple." Apple Annie panics, thinking she will be discovered and disowned. But one of Apple Annie's hoodlum chums has the idea for an elaborate masquerade... Based on 1933's Lady For a Day, which was adapted from a Damon Runyon story.
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 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Heartwarming Story See more (39 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
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Manoogian .... grip (uncredited)
 
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:
Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas and Jackie Gleason were considered to play Dave the Dude.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Dave the Dude is asked to be godfather to Ann-Margret's first child, Hope Lange's black dress is unzipped in the back when she is on her way up to the door, and then zipped at the end of same scene.See more »
Quotes:
Joy Boy:[rounding up Darcey's goons] Alright we'll tie them up and lock them in the bathroom and when he gets his apple, we'll be back to pick ya up!
Junior:[pushing the goons] Move!
Dave the Dude:Oh Wait a minute, lock them in the closet, Joy Boy. The maid just waxed the bathroom floor!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood My Home Town (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Riddle Song (I Gave My Love a Cherry)See more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Heartwarming Story, 30 April 2005
Author: paulegillet from Oregon

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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