Pocketful of Miracles
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The story concerns the colourful apple-seller Annie, who has managed to send her daughter Louise (Ann-Margret in her movie debut) to an expensive overseas boarding school. Now the time has come that Louise is to be married (to a member of the Spanish nobility, no less) so Annie turns to her oldest customer `Dave the Dude' (Glenn Ford) to help her out. Dave turns Annie into the worldly and rich Mrs Worthington-Manville, so that Louise will not be ashamed of the poor apple-seller that her mother really is.
Bette Davis and Glenn Ford are marvellous as Annie and Dave. 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. Also featuring Arthur O'Connell, Thomas Mitchell, Sheldon Leonard and Peter Mann.
The DVD presents the film in 4:3 ratio letterbox.
Ford plays Dave The Dude, a depression era (post prohibition) racketeer dominating New York city by sheer luck - luck from the charmed apples he purchases from and old beggar, Apple Annie (Bette Davis), who's been corresponding with her estranged daughter (Ann-Margret) in Spain, impressing the girl with a phony return address at a ritzy hotel. But luck's running out as Annie receives news of her daughter's impending visit with her fiance and his royal father, a Duke (Arthur O'Connell). 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. It's a group of beggars and The Dude's girl (Hope Lange) that suggest Annie must be put up in a penthouse suite during the Duke's visit.
The story takes on a sort of Cinderella aspect and romantic charm as the thugs, beggars and servants help transform Annie a la My Fair Lady, with the help of the penthouse butler (Edward Everett Horton) and a shady judge (Thomas Mitchell) to play her husband.
This was sort of a comeback and transitional role for Davis, absent from Hollywood movies in the late fifties. Falk is at his funniest as the Dude's top thug, with some great one-liners that must be heard in context. The cast is tremendous and studded with familiar faces like Hayden Rorke (Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another one of my most favorite movies....one of Glenn Fords best along with Tea House of the August MoonPublished 6 days ago by James L. Richardson
This is truly a classic feel good movie with wonderful collection of star power from the era., Glen Ford and Peter Falk carry the cast with each star adding to the funPublished 10 days ago by Alan Michael
Peter Falk and Hope Lange put in grand performances but there is little chemistry between the rest of the cast. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. W.
This movie is amazing and beautiful on so many levels. It shows the power of doing good for others and the battle between our doing good and being selfish.Published 1 month ago by Melanie B.
I liked this movie and though some of the video was not perfect, it was wonderful for me to watch a movie I liked from childhood. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KT M
A HUMOUROUS LOVING HOLLYWOOD CLASSIC WITH GLEN FORD, HOPE LANGE, BETTY DAVIS, GLEN FORD AND MANY OTHER COMMEDIC ACTORS OF THE 50'S-60'S - YOU'LL LOVE ITPublished 1 month ago by REEL RELIEF
I loved watching this movie when I was a kid and it is just as good now!Published 2 months ago by A. Mc
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