Pocketful of Miracles Overview:

Pocketful of Miracles (1961) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra, Glenn Ford and Joseph Sistrom.


Capra's star-studded, sentimental final film is a remake of his 1934 Lady for a Day and both are based on the hoary Damon Runyon tale. An aging apple-seller (Davis) passes herself off as a woman of wealth in order to help her daughter marry into a well-to-do family. Assisting her in the comic charade is a motley group of small-time gangsters led by a disarming Falk. Ann-Margaret made her film debut.

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Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorPeter FalkNominated
Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Walter PlunkettNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by James Van Heusen; Lyrics by Sammy CahnNominated

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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

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Joy Boy: Does it still kinda get you right here?

Joy Boy: What's with her?
Dave the Dude: Aah, she just wants a bunch of kids.
Joy Boy: Kids? Aw, they're mean when they get on that kick.

Joy Boy: I ain't gonna marry her! An' y'know why? 'Cause my wife don't like it when I go around marryin' people! She's funny that way!

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The role of Apple Annie was offered to Helen Hayes who accepted it but finally couldn't do it when shooting was postponed, and she had a commitment to a State Department tour.
This film contains perhaps the earliest Hollywood use of "godfather" as a synonym for mob boss. Some experts cite mob informer Joe Valachi as the originator of the term in the popular vernacular, but this film predates his 1963 congressional testimony by a couple of years.
Final film of Frank Capra.
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