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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

Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, and Jackie Gleason were considered to play Dave the Dude. See more »

Goofs

During the police escort to the boat in the last few minutes of the movie, a 1949 Cadillac can be seen in the rear window of the car the governor is riding in on the right side of his head. The movie is set in 1930's See more »

Quotes

Police Commissioner: Would you hold the wire chief? Dave the Dude - bootlegger, racketeer and gambler - wants to tell me a beddy-byes story!
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Connections

Featured in V.I.P.-Schaukel: Episode #6.1 (1976) 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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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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