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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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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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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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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
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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

When Judge Henry G. Blake (Thomas Mitchell) was on the phone rounding up people to portray society folk, he asks for Harry the Horse. Sheldon Leonard (Steve Darcey) played Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (1955). See more »

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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

Joy Boy: Does it still kinda get you right here?
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Referenced in The Flying Nun: A Convent Full of Miracles (1969) See more »

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The Riddle Song (I Gave My Love a Cherry)
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A Wonderful Fairy Tale
10 February 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Apple Annie (Bete Davis) is an alcoholic beggar who sells apples and controls the beggary in Broadway area. Dave the Dude Conway (Glenn Ford) is a prominent gangster, who believes that Annie's apples are magic and brings `good luck' to him. Elizabeth 'Queenie' Martin (Hope Lange) is his lover, and she wants to get married with him and move to Maryland, to have children. One day, Annie receives a letter from her daughter Louise (Ann Margret, making her debut on the screens), who lives in Spain. She informs that she is going to get married with the son of a Count, and her future father-in-law is coming to New York with them to visit her. Annie becomes desperate and Dude decides to help her, pretending she is from the high-society of New York. This is another wonderful Frank Capra's magic movie. Indeed, it is a fairy tale. The cast, direction and screenplay are delightful and although being talkative and long, it is such a good film that the viewer does not feel the time passing. Bete Davis has another outstanding performance, as usual, very well supported by the magnificent cast. Highly recommended as a family entertainment. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): `Dama Por Um Dia' (`Lady For a Day')


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