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Sorrowful Jones (1949)

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 »

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Sidney Lanfield

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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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Menina Mágica See more »

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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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Trivia

During the opening narration, we see the famous restaurant Lindy's. This eatery was represented in several of Damon Runyon's stories as Mindy's, and was a frequent hangout of many of his characters. The original Sorrowful Jones story ("Little Miss Marker") begins in Mindy's. 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

Version of Little Miss Marker (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Havin' a Wonderful Wish (Time You Were Here)
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Sung by Lucille Ball (dubbed by Annette Warren (uncredited))
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Rock-a-bye Baby at Pimlico.
24 April 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Damon Runyon's Little Miss Marker had already been filmed in 1934 as a Shirley Temple starrer, this remake changes the title and brings in the star power of Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, with great results.

Story has Hope as sly bookie Sorrowful Jones, who after accepting a five year old girl as a betting marker, gets lumbered with the child when her father is wasted by gangster Big Steve Holloway (Bruce Cabot). Initially a fish out of water with the kid, Sorrowful strikes up a loving relationship with her and aided by his ex-girlfriend, Gladys O'Neill (Ball), fights to keep the child out of an orphanage.

It's not - as some of the posters proclaim - funnier than Paleface (either of them since the sequel is better), in fact it's not close to the funny heights achieved by Hope's next Runyon adapted picture, The Lemon Drop Kid. However, Sorrowful Jones is funny, Hope gets to deliver some absolute corking lines that are guaranteed to at the least put a big grin on your face, but there's a semi-seriousness to it all which thankfully works a treat alongside the quips and wonderfully strange situations that Jones finds himself in. With a weighty support cast that also features William Demarest and Thomas Gomez helping things along, and young Mary Jane Saunders adorable beyond compare, this is a little cracker of a picture to brighten your day. 7/10


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