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Little Miss Marker (1980)

Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his ... See full summary »

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Walter Bernstein

Writers:

Damon Runyon (story), Walter Bernstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Sorrowful Jones
Julie Andrews ... Amanda Worthington
Tony Curtis ... Blackie
Bob Newhart ... Regret
Lee Grant ... The Judge
Brian Dennehy ... Herbie
Kenneth McMillan ... Brannigan
Andrew Rubin ... Carter
Sara Stimson ... The Kid
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Benny
Randy Hermann Randy Hermann ... Fleabag Hotel Clerk
Nedra Volz ... Mrs. Clancy
Tom Pedi ... Vittorio
Jacquelyn Hyde Jacquelyn Hyde ... Lola
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Front Desk Receptionist
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Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his sudden love for a woman also involved in gambling operations. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A wildly romantic comedy about a cookie, a bookie, and the kid they bet their hearts on. [poster] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein reizender Fratz See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,321,392
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Matthau was in real life a horse-racing fan and a big gambler. He once estimated that he had lost more than a million dollars betting on races over the years. He had previously long wanted to make a racing picture and said that the then recent movie Casey's Shadow (1978) "is the first race picture that's come my way that I've liked". A couple of years later he followed up that horse racing movie with another, Little Miss Marker (1980). See more »

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Seventies-era issue of Vogue Patterns prominently displayed on Depression-era newsstand. See more »

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Sorrowful Jones: What are you guys... some kind of club?
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Opening credits shown over a background of miniaturized town, with various forms of match-box sized vehicles "driving" through the streets. See more »

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Version of Little Miss Marker (1934) See more »

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A Tremendously Overlooked Diamond of a Film!
20 October 2004 | by director1616See all my reviews

Though there may be a tendency to compare the 1980 version of "Little Miss Marker" to the 1934 version (with Shirley Temple as The Kid), writer/director Walter Bernstein captures the very essence of the 1930's with his screenplay and direction, respectively. One of the reasons I loved the 1980 version is the set designs and the vivid colors of the film. But even more importantly, I loved Walter Matthau's performance as Sorrowful Jones. He has great one-liners that only add to this gem of a film. Of course, nobody plays a sidekick better than Bob Newhart, who plays Regret. Newhart and Matthau made a great team in this movie, and I wish they had worked on more films together. I love The Kid (played by one-time film actress Sara Stimson), for she adds a cuteness to her character that is similar to Shirley Temple's "Kid", but yet is different in that her character displays quite a bit more innocence. Julie Andrews is more than believable as Amanda Worthington, as she tries to soften the two men in her life. And one should not forget Tony Curtis, who is perfect Blackie.

I regret that this movie didn't make more money at the box office, because it did capture the lives of the poor majority and privileged minority during the Depression very well. And it is funny and just a fun movie to watch. Little Miss Marker is one of my favorite films (added to the already long list) because it looks great cinemagraphic-wise, the script is well done, and the performances are very, very good. I find it interesting that this version of the famous Damon Runyon story is the first to be released on DVD (2004). Don't miss this chance to buy it and own it. You won't be sorry.


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