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Hole in the Head
     

A Hole in the Head

Director: Frank Capra, Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker

Cast: Frank Capra, Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker

 

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Although the main character, Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra), in this light comedy tends to tip the scales towards being unbelievably unrealistic, the story is pulled off because everyone else is convincing. Tony is a widower in need of a financial bailout for himself and his son, so he asks for help from his brother Mario (Edward G. Robinson), a wealthy New Yorker. Tony

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Although the main character, Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra), in this light comedy tends to tip the scales towards being unbelievably unrealistic, the story is pulled off because everyone else is convincing. Tony is a widower in need of a financial bailout for himself and his son, so he asks for help from his brother Mario (Edward G. Robinson), a wealthy New Yorker. Tony owns a small hotel in Miami Beach but his impractical ways have made it a losing proposition. After Mario and his wife (Thelma Ritter) arrive in Miami, thinking of taking custody of Tony's son, they suddenly decide to try to match Tony up with the widowed Mrs. Rogers -- maybe that will teach him some responsibility. This was one of the last movies directed by Frank Capra.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A Hole in the Head has many of the elements that one associates with Frank Capra -- a belief in the innate goodness of people, a fondness for strong willed dreamers, a concern with the manner in which making a living keeps people from living a living -- but it lacks the spark associated with the master's better efforts. In Hole, it's almost as if Capra didn't really believe in the screenplay, which is understandable -- it treats these subjects in a very plastic, artificial manner. Even in his classic, Capra is manipulative, but one always feels the manipulation is in the service of a very good cause. Here, the material doesn't bring forth that commitment, so Capra's work seems halfhearted -- and that affects the rest of the film. It doesn't help that Frank Sinatra, cast in the lead role, comes across as somewhat self-conscious; he's playing at the role rather than living it. This is made all the clearer when he's contrasted with Edward G. Robinson, who turns in a beautifully realized performance as a crusty hard nose who's got a big soft spot. Thelma Ritter is also in fine form, and Eleanor Parker does fine with an indifferently written role. Hole isn't a difficult film to sit through (and those hungry for family-friendly films will certainly welcome it), but it's a bit of a disappointment. The film does feature one sequence that many will adore -- and some will find excruciating -- namely, the performance of the Oscar-winning "High Hopes."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2015
UPC:
0887090089104
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
30,605

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Tony Manetta
Edward G. Robinson Mario Manetta
Eleanor Parker Mrs. Rogers
Carolyn Jones Shirl
Thelma Ritter Sophie Manetta
Keenan Wynn Jerry Marks
Eddie Hodges Ally Manetta
Joi Lansing Dorine
George de Witt Mendy
Jimmy Komack Julius Manetta
Dub Taylor Fred
Connie Sawyer Miss Wexler
Benny Rubin Mr. Diamond
Ruby Dandridge Sally
B.S. Pully Hood
Joyce Nizzari Alice
Pupi Campo Master of Ceremonies
Emory Parnell Sheriff
Bill Walker Andy
Robert B. Williams Cabby

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director,Producer
Jack R. Berne Asst. Director
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Ponedel Makeup
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
Arnold Schulman Screenwriter
Frank Sinatra Producer
James VanHeusen Score Composer,Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Hole in the Head
1. Chapter 1 [14:50]
2. Chapter 2 [12:58]
3. Chapter 3 [25:49]
4. Chapter 4 [7:10]
5. Chapter 5 [10:44]
6. Chapter 6 [14:21]
7. Chapter 7 [15:15]
8. Chapter 8 [14:44]
9. Chapter 9 [4:14]
10. Chapter 10 [:10]

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