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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 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Wonderful Fairy Tale See more (38 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)

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Trivia:
Hope Lange got the part of Queenie Martin, Dave the Dude's girlfriend. largely on the basis of her being the off-screen girlfriend of co-producer/star Glenn Ford. This angered Frank Capra so much that he stopped directing. However, in Capra's 1933 version of the Damon Runyon story, "Lady for a Day," the part of Dave the Dude's girlfriend, here called Missouri Martin, was played by Glenda Farrell, who was borrowed from Warner Brothers at least partially because she was then girlfriend of screenwriter Robert Riskin.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Hope "Queenie" Lange is wearing 1950s stiletto heels.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:
References Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)See more »
Soundtrack:
Polly Wolly DoodleSee more »

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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Wonderful Fairy Tale, 10 February 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Apple Annie (Bete Davis) is an alcoholic beggar who sells apples and controls the beggary in Broadway area. Dave the Dude Conway (Glenn Ford) is a prominent gangster, who believes that Annie's apples are magic and brings `good luck' to him. Elizabeth 'Queenie' Martin (Hope Lange) is his lover, and she wants to get married with him and move to Maryland, to have children. One day, Annie receives a letter from her daughter Louise (Ann Margret, making her debut on the screens), who lives in Spain. She informs that she is going to get married with the son of a Count, and her future father-in-law is coming to New York with them to visit her. Annie becomes desperate and Dude decides to help her, pretending she is from the high-society of New York. This is another wonderful Frank Capra's magic movie. Indeed, it is a fairy tale. The cast, direction and screenplay are delightful and although being talkative and long, it is such a good film that the viewer does not feel the time passing. Bete Davis has another outstanding performance, as usual, very well supported by the magnificent cast. Highly recommended as a family entertainment. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): `Dama Por Um Dia' (`Lady For a Day')

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