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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bette Davis was not keen on the idea of having to play an old hag, but she was keen on the idea of a one hundred thousand dollar payday. She hadn't had a lead role since Storm Center (1956). See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1931, with a reference being made to 'Mr Moto'. However, the first Mr Moto book was published in 1935 and the first film featuring 'Mr Moto' made in 1937 See more »

Quotes

Joy Boy: [rounding up Darcey's goons] Alright we'll tie them up and lock them in the bathroom and when he gets his apple, we'll be back to pick ya up!
Junior: [pushing the goons] Move!
Dave the Dude: Oh Wait a minute, lock them in the closet, Joy Boy. The maid just waxed the bathroom floor!
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Connections

Version of Elmaci kadin (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Hummed a bit by Glenn Ford
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A Heartwarming Story
30 April 2005 | by paulegilletSee all my reviews

Bette Davis turns in a great performance as "Apple Annie". Peter Falk, as has been noted, gets the best lines. Glenn Ford shows his talent for comedy. The young Ann-Margret is as cute as can be. But if i can be permitted a bit of Trivial Observation: I had to watch the next to last scene (the police-escorted motorcade) again because i could not believe it on the first viewing. Did anyone else notice the rear projection in the back windows of the cars? The story is set in the 1930's, the cars are of that era but the automobile following in the back window looks like a 1950 Cadillac! Either that car window was a time tunnel or someone used the wrong film clip for the rear projection. That's why studios have a Continuity Department.


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