A Hole in the Head (1959)



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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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Frank Sinatra
as Tony Manetta
Eleanor Parker
as Eloise Rogers
Edward G. Robinson
as Mario Manetta
Eddie Hodges
as Ally Manetta
Thelma Ritter
as Sophie Manetta
Keenan Wynn
as Jerry Marks
Jimmy Komack
as Julius Manetta
Jimmie Komack
as Julius Manetta
Connie Sawyer
as Miss Wexler
Benny Rubin
as Mr. Diamond
B.S. Pully
as Hood No. 1
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Critic Reviews for A Hole in the Head

All Critics (7)

Acting and direction save it from every pothole of mawkishness it might have dropped into; and as a comedy of temperament it manages to be feeling and funny at once, not such a usual or easy thing to be.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The penultimate film of the 61-year-old Frank Capra.

Jan 30, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Capra's next to last film, a tale of a widower and his young son, is not up to his level but the film is entertaining due to the star turn of Frank Sinatra, and of course the popular Oscar-winning tune "High Hopes," which he sings.

Jul 5, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Weak Capra light drama does have Sinatra and Edward G.

Nov 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Overlong, reactionary, but enjoyable with enough of the old Capra magic to make it work.

May 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for A Hole in the Head

Capra's second to last film, made in 1959, and set in Miami Beach, shows widower swinger single pop Sinatra trying to stay financially afloat while trying to raise his serious young son in a beachside hotel. Thelma Ritter and Eddie G. and Capra's deft touch lift the proceedings considerably and the piece includes the song "High Hopes".

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One of the best performances I've EVER seen by Ol' Blue Eyes --

Tom Ericksen
Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

the supporting cast makes this worthwhile

jay nixon
jay nixon

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