A Hole in the Head (1959) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Frank Sinatra.
The film was based on the play of the same name written by Arnold Schulman performed at the Plymouth Theatre, NY from Feb 28, 1957 - Jul 13, 1957.
Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) is a widowed dad who owns a small hotel in Miami Beach called The Garden of Eden where he lives with his 12-year-old son, Ally (Eddie Hodges). He's also a big dreamer and a big spender with a weakness for 'Eves.' Tony's nonchalant and irresponsible lifestyle constantly lands him in debt, and it has finally reached the point where he will lose his hotel if he can't pay his landlord $5,000. With nowhere else to turn, he calls on his brother Mario (Edward G. Robinson) who has lent him money many times before. Suffice it to say that Mario is fed up with 'the bum's' hard luck stories and fanciful dreams, and gives Tony an ultimatum...
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Sinatra had one of the biggest hits of his career with the film's Oscar-winning song, "High Hopes." Sinatra also owned the film's screen rights and offered the project to Frank Capra, who came out of retirement to direct the film..
Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Music - Song||Music by James Van Heusen; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn||Won|
CMBA Blogathon: Fabulous Films of the 50s – A Hole in the Head (1959)By Annmarie Gatti on May 26, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog
Fabulous Films of the 50′s: Frank Capra’s A Hole in the Head “Today I may not have a thing at all except for a dream or two, but I’ve got lots of plans for tomorrow, and all my tomorrows belong to you…” First of all, I want to say that I am so truly honored to hav... Read full article
A HOLE IN THE HEAD (1959)By Dawn on Dec 13, 2009 From Noir and Chick Flicks
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Mario Manetta: You got imagination?
Tony Manetta: Yes.
Mario Manetta: I haven't got any?
Tony Manetta: None.
Mario Manetta: You got it and you're poor!
Tony Manetta: No, no, no. Broke many times, but never poor! You would never understand that.
Mario Manetta: You know your trouble? I'll tell you... You're not satisfied to be just getting along like everybody else. You want to be a millionaire. You want to live on Easy Street. Easy Street! I'll tell you who lives on Easy Street -- nobody! You want to make a million over night. Well it doesn't happen that way. I worked hard all my life -- 14 hours a day -- and made a good living. I never took a vacation in my whole life -- and I'm proud of it!
Tony Manetta: What do you want from me, my blood? What do you want me to do.. crawl on my hands and knees? All I ask, you lend me a couple of bucks -- you expect me to become a penny-grabbing five and dime character like you. You expect me to change my way of life -- be you instead of me! Not a chance! You take your big brother sanctimonious act back to NY and turn blue!
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The original Broadway production of "A Hole in the Head" by Arnold Schulman opened at the Plymouth Theater on February 28, 1957, ran for 156 performances and closed July 13, 1957. The cast included Paul Douglas, David Burns, Lee Grant, Kay Medford and Joyce Van Patten.
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