A Hole in the Head Overview:

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...


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 - SongMusic by James Van Heusen; Lyrics by Sammy CahnWon

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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


By Dawn on Dec 13, 2009 From Noir and Chick Flicks

I feel A Hole in the Head is very charming movie. This is one of my favorite Sinatra films. It has a wonderful cast of characters Sinatra, Robinson and Capra. Thes... Read full article

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Quotes from

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!

Sophie Manetta: The poor things... they're so happy and so poor.
Mario Manetta: No, Sophie. Broke, yes, but they're not poor. We're poor. Come on, you'll cry later. The meter's running... the meter's running... what do I care if the meter's running? I could buy you and a hundred meters! Come on, let's take a vacation!

Mario Manetta: What's the matter? Would it break your arm to pick up the phone?
Julius, his son: What's the point, It's for you.
Mario Manetta: How do you know? What are you a mind reader?
Sophie Manetta: Mario!
Mario Manetta: Everything he knows... our brilliant son.
Julius: Nobody would call me here.
Mario Manetta: Nobody should call you anywhere.

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Facts about

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.
The protagonist of A Hole in the Head is, Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra), a Miami hotel operator of The Garden of Eden. The actual hotel used for the exterior shots was the Cardozo Hotel, located on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive. The hotel has been owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan for many years.
Nearly all of the characters' names were changed from the original play.
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