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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 February 1962 (Japan)
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A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Hal Kanter (screenplay), Harry Tugend (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Dave the Dude
Bette Davis ... Apple Annie
Hope Lange ... Elizabeth (Queenie) Martin
Arthur O'Connell ... Count Alfonso Romero
Peter Falk ... Joy Boy
Thomas Mitchell ... Judge Henry G. Blake
Edward Everett Horton ... Hudgins
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Junior
David Brian ... Governor
Sheldon Leonard ... Steve Darcey
Peter Mann ... Carlos Romero
Ann-Margret ... Louise
Barton MacLane ... Police Commissioner (as Barton Maclane)
John Litel ... Police Inspector McCrary
Jerome Cowan ... Mayor
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Storyline

Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York City as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples, he thinks they bring him luck. But Dave and girlfriend Queenie Martin need a lot more than luck when it turns out that Annie is in a jam and only they can help. Annie's daughter Louise, who has lived all her life in a Spanish convent, is coming to America with a Count and his son. The Count's son wants to marry Louise, who thinks her mother is part of New York City society. It's up to Dave and Queenie and their Runyonesque cronies to turn Annie into a lady and convince the Count and his son that they are hobnobbing with New York City's elite. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Warmth, schmaltz, heart, whatever it is, this motion picture's got it - that certain something that turns the screen hilariously and miraculously wonderful! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 February 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die unteren Zehntausend See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Franton Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Capra was disappointed with the final result, calling it a "miserable film". He was more than happy with Peter Falk's performance though, referring to it as "the one bright spark". See more »

Goofs

When Dave demands $100,00 from Darcey, he is shaking his fist while holding an apple. The camera cuts to another angle, and Dave is shaking an empty fist. See more »

Quotes

Dave the Dude: [seeing the Butler packed and sneaking out of his room] Now where do you think you're goin?
Butler: Well I... I'm fleeting from Armageddon, sir. With my cardiac condition, I... I just cannot take unhappy endings. So I'm off to join Mr. Kent in Havana, sir.
Dave the Dude: With two broken legs?
Butler: My legs, sir, oh they're quite... Oh. OHHH! Very cleverly put, sir, yes... thank you, sir... Not at all...
[hurries back into his room]
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Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore A. Metz
Played in Queenie's Club
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Winded, but the last half hour is a MUST
27 October 2003 | by gaelicguySee all my reviews

This movie is long, talky and winded, but there are some wonderful performances. And, the last scene with Bette Davis (can't say more for fear of divulging too much) is a marvel. Deeply moving and Davis is luminous. All of the talk, talk, talk is worth the look on Davis' face at the end of the film. Enjoy it, warts and all.


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