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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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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 12 seconds See more »

Goofs

The final scene includes several shots looking out across the beach towards the ocean and there are some hills evident along the distant coastline which does not match the topography near Miami Beach, Florida. This was shot at Hollywood Beach, Oxnard, California. See more »

Quotes

Tony Manetta: If that's the way you want to be, fine.
Mario Manetta: What do you mean? Want to be like what?
Tony Manetta: You're my brother.
Mario Manetta: No more. I'm not your brother.
Sophie Manetta: Mario!
Mario Manetta: [to Sophie] You want him? Take him.
[to Tony]
Mario Manetta: From now on, she's your brother.
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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

All My Tomorrows
(1959)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Frank Sinatra (uncredited) behind credits, instrumental version played on radio in Tony's suite and heard in the score
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An Underrated Gem
2 January 2001 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

This is film is a rare commodity as a Hollywood product - a wonderful "little" film. By little, I mean unpretentious. Perhaps this is because Frank Capra had a talent for telling inspirational, uplifting or "message" stories without seeming to preach. We all know the Ralph Cramden character - the botched hero with "high hopes". This is Frank Sinatra's Tony Maneta. Unlike Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey in Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," Tony Maneta isn't beset by problems circumstantial so much as personal. Yet, whether the antagonist is an ungrateful world or a character flaw, Capra and playwright/screenwriter Arnold Schulman recognize the abiding nobility of the human spirit's determination to overcome the odds.

I love the setting in "Hole in the Head". It's a treat to see South Miami Beach during a period when formerly glamorous hotels had gone to seed, knowing that they would one day rise again. I don't think anyone would have given them a chance at the time of the story, just like Tony Maneta's prospects. But "Hole in the Head" makes us want to believe, that just by surviving, like South Beach, Tony will one day triumph.

By the way, there's a wonderful performance by the underappreciated Eddie Hodges, whose minor billing is unjustified, considering his character's major part in the story.


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