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A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 1959 (USA)
Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Arnold Schulman (play)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Tony Manetta
Edward G. Robinson ... Mario Manetta
Eleanor Parker ... Eloise Rogers
Carolyn Jones ... Shirl
Thelma Ritter ... Sophie Manetta
Keenan Wynn ... Jerry Marks
Joi Lansing ... Dorine
Connie Sawyer ... Miss Wexler
James Komack ... Julius Manetta (as Jimmy Komack)
Dub Taylor ... Fred
George DeWitt George DeWitt ... Mendy Yales
Benny Rubin ... Abe Diamond
Ruby Dandridge ... Sally
B.S. Pully B.S. Pully ... Hood
Joyce Nizzari Joyce Nizzari ... Alice
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Storyline

Tony Manetta runs an unsuccessful Miami hotel, on which he can't meet the payments. Another liability is his weakness for dames (Shirl, his sexy current flame, is even less responsible than Tony). But a solid asset is Ally, his sensible 12-year-old son. When Tony wants stolid brother Mario to bail him out again, Mario makes conditions: give up Ally, or at least get married to a "nice, quiet little woman" of his selection. Tony and Ally just play along to be diplomatic, but when the woman in question proves to look like Eleanor Parker... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

A Frank Hug...A Frank Squeeze...And Zing Will Go the Strings of Your Heart! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All My Tomorrows See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SinCap Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first time Miss Wexler arrives drunkenly back at the hotel, as she goes up the stairs, Fred calls 'Excelsior' after her. This is a reference to the poem, "Excelsior", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. See more »

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Quotes

Tony Manetta: [voice-over] That's my hotel right there, The Garden of Eden. But like good old Adam, my weakness is Eves. My current Eve is a lulu. She woulda made the serpent eat the apple.
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The title and the names of Frank Capra and the leading actors appear as an aerial advertisement attached to the Goodyear blimp. See more »

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Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by all at The Garden of Eden hotel
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Perfect domestic comedy/drama
19 August 2000 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

I keep saying that Hollywood can't go wrong when it picks a PLAY as the basis for movies. This film is one more illustration of the correctness of this thesis. It's full of charm, humor, warmth, relevance and STRUCTURE. It doesn't seek to impress, just to please. And pleasing is no mean accomplishment.

The subject is taboo in most movies: economic dependence on relatives. In most movies money is no object, a purely tangential issue, when in fact it plays a huge role in real life. Sinatra plays a "loser", and to make him less despicable, he is adorned with a lovely young son. I find that a bit too manipulative, as if the writer weren't sure that a childless "loser" would be likable enough. Sinatra is very good in the role, but I would have picked an unknown actor, to make the role more believable. And, wonderful as Eddie Hodges always is, I think a childless "loser" would have been more poignant.

I liked the ending very much. It is happy, but not in the trite and trivial way. The main character does NOT overcome his limitations! This film is in the wonderful tradition of "Harvey", which also deals with an embarrassing family member. I can't recommend both films highly enough.


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