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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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The most wonderful entertainment in the whole wide wonderful world! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The production company, Sincap, is named for the first syllables of Sinatra's and Capra's last names, though some wags thought "Two Franks" would have been better. See more »

Goofs

Only in a Frank Capra movie could a swinging bachelor share a bedroom with his 11-year-old son. 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 You Can't Take It with You (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

All My Tomorrows
(1959)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Frank Sinatra (uncredited) behind credits, instrumental version played on radio in Tony's suite and heard in the score
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Nice, warm film
3 November 1999 | by Rose-35See all my reviews

This was a good movie. Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson are good in this but I love the young boy's performance. He was just great in this. This movie introduced "High Hopes" or "the ant song" which is great! This is a great movie with a good ending! Anyone would enjoy this!


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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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