Annie tells Dave that she has just received a letter from her daughter, Louise Ann-Margret , who is living in Europe and receiving a high-priced eduction funded by Annie. And it also has the same blend of comedy and underlying poignancy. Pocketful of Miracles is a Christmas movie in the sense that it takes place during the Holiday season, with Christmas music, Santa Claus, etc. That's a nice heart-warming scene and they should not have taken it out. We all know even though their tied up, Dude's still kind-hearted underneath.
In his autobiography a not altogether reliable tome , Capra insisted that Pocketful of Miracles was ruined by Glenn Ford's autocratic and self-serving on-set behavior, and by Ford's demand that his current lady friend Hope Lange be mis cast as brash nightclub chirp Queenie Martin. Just a pockeful of miracles that includes the first great performances of Peter Falk Columbo and Ann-Margret Bye Bye Birdie and the last great performances of Edward Everett Horton Top Hat and Thomas Mitchell Gone With The Wind. What I remember most is the theme song. Hesitant at first, the mafioso is persuaded by his girlfriend Hope Lange to disguise Annie, if only long enough to fool her daughter. Louise - Governor's Wife uncredited. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself.
Pedestrian Entering Queenie Martin's Club uncredited. Pocketful of Miracles is the last film in the career of director Frank Capra. The entire cavalcade of Damon Runyon characters is perfectly-realised: Hope Lange as Queenie Martin, Peter Falk as Joy Boy and Mickey Shaughnessy as Junior all add great dimensions to their well-defined characters. But then she pulled off her character in Dinner at Eight so beautifully! Now Louise is returning home with her wealthy fiance Carlos Romero Peter Mann in tow, and it looks as though Annie's cover will be blown to bits. Falk is at his funniest as the Dude's top thug, with some great one-liners that must be heard in context. Annie has led her daughter to believe that she is living a life of wealth and luxury.
Also featuring Arthur O'Connell, Thomas Mitchell, Sheldon Leonard and Peter Mann. Almost immediately there was animosity on the set among the film's three stars, Ford, Davis and Lange, beginning with a remark Ford made to the media implying that he had done Davis a favor by casting her. According to Frank Capra, Falk was the only main actor in Pocketful of Miracles who didn't cause any trouble during the shoot. Pre-code favourite Warren William has a great time as Dave the Dude, switching between charm and comic cunning in an instant. The problem is that Louise has believed all her life that Annie's a wealthydowager, and the poor old woman doesn't know what to do! Pool Player Rest of cast listed alphabetically:. Enter Dave the Dude Glenn Ford a big-hearted racketeerwho enlists the aid of his colorful mob of hooligans in a wild and crazy schemeto pass Annie off as a high-society grande dame so Louise can marry her fairy-tale prince and everyone can live happily ever after! Annie has been supporting Louise's high-priced European education, leading the girl to believe that she, Annie, is a high-society dowager. Capra, who had suffered such blinding headaches throughout the filming that he hid from the cast and crew, stopped making feature films after Pocketful of Miracles.
Subsequently, the role went to screen legend Bette Davis, who at age 53 had been out of the Hollywood spotlight for some time and needed the work. I agree it is interesting to try to imagine the other actors in the roles, although the ones we have are so good. She probably had more in common with Robson than Davis ever could. Curious to know what the movie's about? This is a real fanciful scene there. A big push from the studio hailed the Christmas release of Pocketful of Miracles, followed by many positive reviews.
Slop - Pretends to be Governor of Utah uncredited Produced by. In the list below we've found similar top rated movies which include keyphrases such as new york, independent film and usa. The achingly beautiful black-and-white cinematography of Lady for a Day, by Joseph Walker, often has a soft focus, and so does the story. Annie's at her wit's end with dread of exposing her true self to the young couple, and hits the bottle as The Dude's about to make the deal of his life with a Chicago mob boss Sheldon Leonard , and if things go wrong for Annie, they can't go right for Dave The Dude. To make Pocketful of Miracles, actor Glenn Ford's production company Newton combined with Capra's company to form a new entity they called Franton. Herbie - Hotel Employee uncredited.
Once you buy into the fairy tale it is magic. Davis wanted her own hair and makeup people to work their magic on the redheaded ingenue so she would look her very best. Dave buys an apple from Annie every day believing it gives him luck. Queenie's 'Broad' in Black Dress uncredited. The scene where she sings him a nursery rhyme is cringe-making. Brisbane - Kidnapped Reporter uncredited.
The complications that ensued in the original 1933 version of Peter Mann exercise their prerogative once more, with a few added plot twists to pad out Glenn Ford's screen time. Plot: prohibition, deception, luck, high society, apple, gangsters, family relations, billiards, parents and children, love and romance, fall in love, social differences, society, couples, dishonesty, aging, disorder, godparent, switching roles, cons and scams, gangster, couple relations, christmas, cinderella, kidnapping. A very characteristic Capra element is the way that the whole community, including down-and-outs, rallies round to support Annie and hold her world together. He even got an Oscar nomination for this joyously comic performance. For a last picture for him, I think it is quite a masterpiece.