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

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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


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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Release Date:

4 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Menina Mágica See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, that were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. This film received its first telecast in Philadelphia Tuesday 3 February 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by San Francisco Sunday 2 May 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), by Minneapolis 1 June 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), by Phoenix 12 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Milwaukee 17 June 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by New York City 7 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Los Angeles 19 December 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), by St. Louis Sunday 27 December 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), and, finally by Chicago 30 July 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with The Paleface (1948) as part of Universal's Bob Hope Tribute Collection, and again 29 April 2014 as one of 10 features in Universal's Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection. See more »


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Best version ever of the great Little Miss Marker story
10 March 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

All the versions of the Runyon story are very good. It's just a great story, but this one is clearly the best. A seemingly heartless, stingy bookie accepts a little girl as a marker for a bet, but when the girl's father is killed by notorious gangsters, the bookie, Sorrowful Jones, is stuck with her. The events that follow range from hysterically funny to emotionally provoking. And those qualities are enhanced by great talents. Bob Hope is perfect as the stingy bookie, playing to his usual role. Bruce Cabot does well as the evil gangster, and Lucille Balllands another great role (she had to have the best agent in the business) as the mother figure. But the little girl, Martha Jane Smith, is absolutely divine as the sad faced girl that even makes Bob Hope melt. She is just zillions of times cuter and more emotion provoking than the bland Shirley Temple. If you don't believe me, see for yourself. A classic that need to come to AMC instead of those stupid boring movies they keep showing (Arnie movies, Stallone movies, Friday 13 movies, etc). How about showing real classics like this instead, something people will watch and enjoy!

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