Pocketful of Miracles

1961

Action / Comedy / Drama

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 5110

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Ann-Margret as Louise
Peter Falk as Joy Boy
Bette Davis as Apple Annie
Glenn Ford as Dave the Dude
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Reviewed by PamelaShort 7 / 10

" Apple Annie's Second Time Around "

Pocketful of Miracles is Frank Capra's Technicolor re-make of his brilliant 1933 film, Lady for a Day. The same enchanting story only this time set during the Christmas season for delivering a miracle to the grey-haired Cinderella. The remake is rather brash and a little dragging in places when compared to the original, nevertheless still an entertaining and fun film. Bette Davis turns in a good portrayal of Apple Annie as does Glenn Ford playing gangster, Dave the Dude. Peter Falk makes the most of his role, his performance of Joy Boy is absolutely superb. Beautiful Hope Lange plays Dude's girl Queenie Martin and the film debut of a very young Ann-Margret playing Apple Annie's charming daughter Louise. What really makes this film fun is a host of amazing character actors of the time, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy, Sheldon Leonard, Thomas Mitchell, Ellen Corby, Arthur O'Connell and many more recognizable faces. Although I prefer the original 1933 film, this 1961 remake adequately exudes its own amount of charm.

Reviewed by DKosty123 8 / 10

Capra Last Directing Film

What's not too like.? Capra producing and directing. If there is a problem here, it is the huge egos of the cast. With Capra though, the egos of Bette Davis and others in a large big name cast are not carried over into the film.

Glenn Ford is a surprise as the top star, but he brings off that role pretty well. Hope Lang is not just good, but her beauty here is amazing as putting her into a dancing costume on stage is an amazing sight.

Of course there was a previous version of this starring Warren William in the 1930's but this film is not totally a remake. The cast is so great you really don't care. Peter Falk (Columbo) is great in support as are many others including Edward Everett Horton.

There is good comedy, and the music is really well done. Some critics of this were negative when this was released, but when I watched it, I was hard pressed to figure out why. This is an entertaining film. Sheldon Leonard is classic in this doing his big con man routine.

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 5 / 10

Dave Da Dook Ties Da Knot.

A fairly tale out of Damon Runyon, a writer with whom everyone must touch bases now and again. Nobody can make up nicknames like Damon Runyon -- Dave the Duke, Sammy the Schtunk. This particular adaptation of his work by the renowned director Frank Capra tells the tale of Apple Annie (Bette Davis) a ragged street drunk who has a friendly relationship with Dave the Duke (Glenn Ford). Ford has just promoted his girl friend (Hope Lange) into a dancer and chanteuse in his night club and suddenly the shekels are rolling in. This invites the attention of Chicago gangster Steve Darcey (Sheldon Leonard) who wants to run New York now.

In the midst of this impending confrontation, Ford and his principal goons (Mickey Shaughnessy and Peter Falk) discover that Apple Annie has a daughter (Ann-Margaret) who has been living at a boarding school in Spain for years. Davis has made a sub rosa arrangement with the exclusive Marberry Hotel to mail Annie's letters from there and to pick up her daughter's letters at the same address. Ann-Margaret announces that she is now returning to New York with her aristocratic fiancé and his family, expecting to find Davis living in luxury at the opulent hotel.

Ford forgets about his confrontation with Leonard and devotes his time, money, and energy to seeing to it that Davis looks like a wealthy matriarch, borrowing an elaborate hotel suite from an absent buddy and calling in a horde of makeover people to re-do the tattered and raggedy bundle that Davis as become. The various ladies hustle Davis into the bedroom followed by Fritz Feld as the hair dresser. "Hey -- he can't go in dare!" says Falk. Lange, who is hustling them about, turns and replies, "It's all right. Honest, it's all RIGHT." Feld sneers at Falk and minces into the room. Feld is always good, always in small parts. He's the psychiatrist in "Bringing up Baby." ("The love impulse in men very frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict.")

There follow the usual complications. The pace is fast but the movie is really to long for the story, which would pack more of an emotional and ludic wallop if it were trimmed by about one quarter of its running time. No organic reason for Ann-Margaret to sing all the verses of "I Gave My Love a Cherry" a capella.

Glenn Ford does the best he can with the comic role and the frantic pace. He can be hilariously funny in the right context, as he was in "The Teahouse of the August Moon," but he's less convincing as a shady New York operator. He's not vulgar enough. He sounds as if he's been graduated from college. A handsomer Edward G. Robinson is called for. Hope Lange, on the other hand, is a real surprise. He forte is looking winsome and shy. This role takes her from a girl in a raincoat quietly pleading for favor, to a brassy show-business type with a loud (but never coarse) voice. She's quite pretty, and she kept her looks for years. She was my very appealing co-star in "Blue Velvet." I never managed to lay eyes on her during the shoot.

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