Pocketful of Miracles (1961)




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In this film, Apple Annie is a besotted, rag-clad street vendor. Annie's daughter Louise is under the impression that Annie is a high-society dowager. When Louise proposes a visit, Annie enlists the help of her gangster friend to pass as a woman of means.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Peter Falk
as Joy Boy
as Louise
Bette Davis
as Apple Annie
Mike Mazurki
as Big Mike
Glenn Ford
as Dave the Dude
Thomas Mitchell
as Judge Henry G. Blake
Hope Lange
as Queenie Martin
Edward Everett Horton
as Hutchins, the Butler
John Litel
as Police Inspector McCrary
Arthur O'Connell
as Count Alfonso Romero
Jack Elam
as Cheesecake
Barton MacLane
as Police Commissioner
Gavin Gordon
as Mr. Cole, the Hotel Manager
Betty Bronson
as the Mayor's Wife
Jay Novello
as Cortega, the Spanish Consul
David Brian
as Governor
Ellen Corby
as Soho Sal
Hayden Rorke
as Capt. Moore
Sheldon Leonard
as Steve Darcey
Byron Foulger
as Lloyd, the Assistant Hotel Manager
'Snub' Pollard
as Knuckles
Paul E. Burns
as Mallethead
Edgar Stehli
as Gloomy
Fritz Feld
as Pierre
Tom Fadden
as Herbie
Romo Vincent
as Kidnapped Reporter
Peter Mann
as Carlos Romero
Doodles Weaver
as Pool player
Benny Rubin
as Flyaway
Willis B. Bouchey
as Newspaper Editor
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Critic Reviews for Pocketful of Miracles

All Critics (8)

This commercial bomb turned out to be Capra's swan song.

Full Review… | May 21, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Capra's last movie--a lot better than given credit for

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A painful experience, particularly considering the source (director: Frank Capra)

November 9, 2001
Apollo Guide

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Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Three Movie Buffs

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June 28, 2005

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August 29, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Pocketful of Miracles

A top tier cast in Capra's swan song delivers the goods in this urban fantasy that cleverly carries the old moral that it's better to give than receive. While everyone's good in this (nearly half the pleasure is in recognizing who's who in the group) (and Peter Falk did snag a supporting Oscar nomination) it's Bette Davis's transformation at the center that powers the heart of this big, happy puppy let loose in your home.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A disappointing film considering the pedigree. This is not the best film for Bette Davis or Frank Capra.

Vadim Dyment
Vadim Dyment

Franks Capra's last movie is a affectionate comedy drama about an aging apple-seller who passes herself off as a woman of wealth in order to impress her daughter. Wonderful performances (Peter Falk was nominated for an Oscar) is somewhat undone by film's extreme 136min length.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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