Pocketful of Miracles (1961) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York City 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 City 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 City's elite.

  • 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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  • A Pocket Full of Miracles is the story of Apple Annie (Bette Davis), a poor, alcoholic who sells apples on the streets of New York during prohibition. Annie has a secret. Her daughter (Ann-Margret), born out of wedlock, has been raised in a Spanish convent. She and Annie only know each other through the letters they write, which has allowed Annie to embellish her existence over the years.

    When Annies daughter writes to her announcing her engagement to the son of a Spanish count and their impending visit, Annie realizes her daughter's future will be ruined if they discover her true identity. Annie turns to a bootlegging mobster (Glenn Ford) for help. Joining forces with assorted low-lifes, they turn Annie into a New York socialite worthy of audience with a count.

    The imposters almost get tripped up when their party is threatened by a police raid, but alas all turns out well. Just when Annie is about to confess to her true identity, the mobsters show with none other than the mayor and governor in tow a true miracle.

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