7.0/10
517
9 user 1 critic

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 »

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

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

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Fancy Pants (1950)
Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin
Stars: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Arnold
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Junior Potter returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. "Mike" is the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Barton is the federal marshal hot on her trail.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.

Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan
Never Say Die (1939)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A wealthy hypochondriac and an heiress are both experiencing romantic complications, prompting them to marry each other.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Andy Devine
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Audrey Dalton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bob Hope is an out of work writer who stays home and plays house husband while his wife goes to work for her former fiancé and Hope's publisher who is still carrying a torch for her.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Bob Hope, Shirley Ross, Charles Butterworth
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A movie star who can't stand loud noises accidentally joins the Army.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Lynne Overman
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Menina Mágica See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening narration is read by famous New York columnist Walter Winchel. Winchel was the basis for Damon Runyon's character Waldo Winchester. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Version of Little Miss Marker (1934) 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))
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One Hopeless Marker
3 February 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sorrowful Jones is both the first time Bob Hope teamed up with Lucille Ball as a leading lady and it's his first try at a Damon Runyon character. It succeeded, but it's not as good as some of the other of Bob Hope's Forties comedies.

This is a remake of Little Miss Marker where Adolphe Menjou played the role of Sorrowful Jones. The problem with this version is that in the first one the main character is the little girl left as a human marker for bookie Sorrowful Jones. The little girl back then was Shirley Temple and it was a Shirley Temple picture.

No child was going to steal the spotlight from Bob Hope and this one has the emphasis on Hope's character which is all wrong. Little Mary Jane Saunders is not Shirley Temple, but who is. Anyway she does not steal the film from Hope and that's wrong.

On the plus side Hope and Lucille Ball show some really good chemistry and they did far better in their next film together Fancy Pants. Also look for good performances from Bruce Cabot as the gambling kingpin and from William Demarest as Hope's sidekick.

But if you want to see Hope and Ball at their best I recommend Fancy Pants.


3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed