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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Abe complains about the $1.25 for the cup of coffee, that would equate to $10.60 in 2017. And when Tony asks Mario for $5,300, that would equate to nearly $45,000 in 2017. See more »

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At night at the kennel club, the lights over the bleachers go dark before the dog race starts, yet the shots of Tony and Jerry talking are still brightly lit. See more »

Quotes

Fred: Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Tony Manetta: Why ?
Fred: I don't know. I ain't a philosopher!
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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

Referenced in Bells Are Ringing (1960) 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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Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant!
5 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Adaptation of Arnold Schulman's play about feckless Miami Beach widower with a young son who needs a fast loan to save his ramshackle hotel, considering the idea of marrying into money with a shy (but beautiful) young widow. Slick, but not very moving comedy-drama won an Oscar for the memorable tune "High Hopes", but--with Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Eleanor Parker in the cast--it should have been much better. The youngster is played by sharp, yet Hollywood-smart Eddie Hodges, who is decent with the kind of lines concocted for him. Frank Capra directed, weakly. Some good scenes, but it runs too long and has too few jokes. **1/2 from ****


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