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A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1959 (USA)
Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Arnold Schulman (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Tony Manetta
Edward G. Robinson ... Mario Manetta
Eleanor Parker ... Eloise Rogers
Carolyn Jones ... Shirl
Thelma Ritter ... Sophie Manetta
Keenan Wynn ... Jerry Marks
Joi Lansing ... Dorine
Connie Sawyer ... Miss Wexler
James Komack ... Julius Manetta (as Jimmy Komack)
Dub Taylor ... Fred
George DeWitt George DeWitt ... Mendy Yales
Benny Rubin ... Abe Diamond
Ruby Dandridge Ruby Dandridge ... Sally
B.S. Pully B.S. Pully ... Hood
Joyce Nizzari Joyce Nizzari ... Alice
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Storyline

Tony Manetta runs an unsuccessful Miami hotel, on which he can't meet the payments. Another liability is his weakness for dames (Shirl, his sexy current flame, is even less responsible than Tony). But a solid asset is Ally, his sensible 12-year-old son. When Tony wants stolid brother Mario to bail him out again, Mario makes conditions: give up Ally, or at least get married to a "nice, quiet little woman" of his selection. Tony and Ally just play along to be diplomatic, but when the woman in question proves to look like Eleanor Parker... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Open your heart! Here come the people who will fill it with joy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All My Tomorrows See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SinCap Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "A Hole in the Head" by Arnold Schulman opened at the Plymouth Theater on February 28, 1957, ran for 156 performances and closed July 13, 1957. The cast included Paul Douglas, David Burns, Lee Grant, Kay Medford and Joyce Van Patten. See more »

Goofs

When Ally is shown running back along the street calling for his father at the end, in the distance the taxi is seen making a U-turn while a large crowd of onlookers stand on the streets behind it, obviously watching the scene being filmed. See more »

Quotes

Tony Manetta: If that's the way you want to be, fine.
Mario Manetta: What do you mean? Want to be like what?
Tony Manetta: You're my brother.
Mario Manetta: No more. I'm not your brother.
Sophie Manetta: Mario!
Mario Manetta: [to Sophie] You want him? Take him.
[to Tony]
Mario Manetta: From now on, she's your brother.
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Crazy Credits

The title and the names of Frank Capra and the leading actors appear as an aerial advertisement attached to the Goodyear blimp. See more »

Connections

References The Strong Man (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Shirl's Theme (Cha-Cha)
(1959) (uncredited)
Written by Nelson Riddle
Performed by Carolyn Jones
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" If everyone is so happy, why is my brother hiding behind a tree? "
29 July 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Frank Capra has left his indelible mark on many memorable films and this is one of them. The movie is called " A Hole in the Head ' and is a complete triumph for young Frank Sinatra. He plays Tony Manetta a Florida hotel owner with big dreams. Unfortunately, those dreams require large investments of capital and this is one element Tony does not possess. However, he is blessed with several options which promise to alleviate the major element in his life. His one major assesses is his son Allie (sincerely played by Eddie Hodges) who loves him, believes in his father and his scheme. Then there is his brother Mario (Edward G. Robinson) an old fashion businessman who calls his brother a bum as he a girl-chasing widower and dreamer. Thelma Ritter plays Sophie his wife and loves Allie. Eleanor Parker plays Eloise Rogers a lonely widow who is chosen as a match for Tony and his son. Years ago Tony befriended an army buddy named Jerry Marks (Keenan Wynn) who has returned to Florida a rich and successful entrepreneur and seems to be just the kind of guy Tony is seeking. The story is touching with odd characters and with hit songs like " High Hopes " adds to the memorable film which is considered a Family Classic. Recommended. ****


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