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.


Frank Capra


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





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


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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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


There was tension on the shooting of the movie, between Frank Capra and Glenn Ford, though no real argument, because of the casting which did not suited to Capra and some other production details. Glenn Ford was the producer, so he interfered with many Capra's choices. Years later, Capra explained those tensions and also complained in his autobiography, and Glenn Ford reproached him to have waited so long to argue instead of telling him face to face during the production of the film. See more »


Dude's driver, Junior , is driving a car with the steering wheel on the right, like in London instead of New York. See more »


Dave the Dude: [handing butler a large sum of money] Ok Hutch, this oughtta take care of the helps for a while, you split it up amongst them...
Butler: Oh... heh heh
Dave the Dude: They know enough to keep their mouth shut?...
Butler: And their ears, yes sir...
Dave the Dude: You told them what happens if they didn't...
Butler: Oh yes
[forming a gun with his fingers imitating the sound of a machine gun]
Butler: da da da da da da da da...
Dave the Dude: [putting a hand out to stop the 'gun'] Don't... don't do that...
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Referenced in Hollywood My Home Town (1965) See more »


God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
In the score during the opening credits
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Frank Capra
29 November 2014 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

in this case, the name of director is the best definition for the movie. like many of movies by Capra, Pocketful of Miracles is a superb fairy tale. but not only. Bette Davis does an admirable job and Ann Margret is charming at whole at first steps on screen. Glen Ford is a special gangster and Hope Lange far to be a surprise. a family film who represents gate to another time. a film about values, hopes and mankind . and, sure, about magic in a profound and lovely sense. a film who, out of artistic value, is a trip in an useful atmosphere heart. that is its best virtue. and the source of delicate joy after its end. because the romanticism and the friendship are essential pillars. always. for everybody.

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Release Date:

26 January 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pocketful of Miracles See more »


Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Franton Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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