Sorrowful Jones (1949)

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This second of four film adaptations of Damon Runyon's Little Miss Marker is tailored to the talents of Bob Hope. A shifty Broadway bookie, Sorrowful Jones (Hope) becomes a reluctant foster parent when an anxious gambler leaves behind his little girl Martha Jane (Mary Jane Saunders) as a "marker," or IOU. When the father is killed by mobster Big Steve Holloway (Bruce Cabot), Sorrowful decides to hide Martha Jane from the authorities, lest the poor girl get tossed in an orphanage. Lucille Ball co-stars as Sorrowful's erstwhile girlfriend Gladys, who along with Mary Jane is instrumental in "reforming" the cynical Jones. The climactic scenes, wherein Sorrowful tries to smuggle a horse into a hospital in order to bring the little girl out of a coma, deftly combines slapstick with pathos. A remake of 1934's Little Miss Marker, which starred Shirley Temple in the title role, Sorrowful Jones was itself remade in 1962 as the Tony Curtis vehicle Who's Got the Action; it was filmed again in 1980, once more as Little Miss Marker, with Curtis as the villain and Walter Matthau in the Bob Hope role.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy
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Studio:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Bob Hope
as Humphrey "Sorrowful" Jones
Lucille Ball
as Gladys O'Neill
Thomas Gomez
as Reardon
Frank Mills
as Horseplayer
Bob Kortman
as Horseplayer
Bruce Cabot
as Big Steve Holloway
Arthur Space
as Plainclothesman
Tom Pedi
as Once-Over Sam
Emmett Vogan
as Psychiatrist
Harry Tyler
as Blinky
Paul Lees
as Orville Smith
Maurice Cass
as Psychiatrist
Ralph Peters
as Cab Driver
Edgar Dearing
as Police Lt. Mitchell
Claire Carleton
as Agnes `Happy Hips' Noonan
Ben Welden
as Big Steve's Bodyguard
Mary Jane Saunders
as Martha Jane Smith
John Shay
as Doctor
Douglas Carter Beane
as Horseplayer
Allan Ray
as Horseplayer
William Yip
as Chinaman
Marc Krah
as Barber
George Chan
as Chinaman
Pat Lane
as Booky
Jack Roberts
as Horseplayer
Jim Davies
as Horseplayer
James Cornell
as Horseplayer
Sam Finn
as Horseplayer
Sid Tomack
as Waiter at Steve's Place
Patsy O'Byrne
as Charwoman
Michael A. Cirillo
as Horseplayer
Eddie Rio
as Booky
John 'Skins' Miller
as Head Phone Man
John Mallon
as Horseplayer
Tony Cirillo
as Horseplayer
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Critic Reviews for Sorrowful Jones

All Critics (1)

Bob Hope, Lucille Ball comedy suffers from lack of laughs.

March 23, 2008
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Sorrowful Jones

It's a little too cute, but Bob Hope is always good, and Lucille Ball is a good match for him. Pleasant score, well produced. Entertaining but not very memorable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

It's a little too cute, but Bob Hope is always good, and Lucille Ball is a good match for him. Pleasant score, well produced. Entertaining but not very memorable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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