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Sorrowful Jones (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 July 1949 (USA)
A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Humphrey 'Sorrowful' Jones
Lucille Ball ... Gladys O'Neill
William Demarest ... Regret
Bruce Cabot ... Big Steve Holloway
Thomas Gomez ... Reardon
Tom Pedi ... Once Over Sam
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Orville Smith
Houseley Stevenson ... Doc Chesley
Ben Welden ... Big Steve's Bodyguard
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Psychiatrist
Mary Jane Saunders ... Martha Jane Smith
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Storyline

A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his free-wheeling lifestyle. Sorrowful must also evade crooked gangsters and indulge in a bit of horse-thieving. Written by Erica Schulman <ens1@psuvm.psu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the final shot, a billboard for the Broadway play "The Heiress" is seen, upper right of the frame. This play would be turned into The Heiress (1949). See more »

Goofs

A moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall as Sorrowful walks up to great "Happy Hips" Noonan on the street. See more »

Quotes

Once Over Sam: He makes a monkey out of me? Well I'll make an omelet outta him!
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Connections

References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Bangtail
(uncredited)
based on "Rock-a-Bye Baby"
Music by Effie I. Canning
Special Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope and Mary Jane Saunders
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Sometimes very funny
24 February 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

This is a remake of 1934's Little Miss Marker, a Shirley Temple movie. Sorrowful Jones, the cheap bookie, is played to a tee by Bob Hope, who suddenly has a little girl to look after when her father leaves her in his care as a bet marker, and doesn't come back. But the little girl doesn't mix well with his lifestyle, and provides him with some close shaves involving some errant gangsters, and a bout of horse napping. A predictable and sappy ending, but still a sweet little movie, with some hilarious one liners by Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. (Make sure you're not eating when you watch this, because they shoot them out so suddenly that you're likely to end up wearing your lunch.) Overall? 8 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's Sorrowful Jones See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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