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A Hole in the Head

Released Jul 15, 1959 2h 0m Comedy Drama List
67% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 48% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Based on Arnold Schulman's Broadway play of the same name, this comedy finds widower Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) struggling to own and operate a Miami hotel. Irresponsible in both business and romance, Tony is dedicated to his young son, Ally (Eddie Hodges), though he butts heads with his own brother, Mario (Edward G. Robinson). When Mario agrees to help Tony out financially, the catch is that the bachelor has to settle down and find a mother for his son. Read More Read Less
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Roger Moore Movie Nation Sinatra had no knack for acting with children. None. Rated: 2/4 Nov 21, 2021 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Frank Sinatra appears as a lighthearted Florida widower with a twelve-year-old son in this pleasant Hollywood comedy. But it's Edward G. Robinson, as Sinatra's wisecracking brother, who runs away with the picture. Oct 17, 2019 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator 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 Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The penultimate film of the 61-year-old Frank Capra. Rated: C+ Jan 30, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com 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. Rated: B Jul 5, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Weak Capra light drama does have Sinatra and Edward G. Rated: 3/5 Nov 1, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Has not aged well at all. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review Audience Member Delicious comedy. Not being Capra´s best, it has enough of Capra to be fully enjoyable Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The best movie song ever sung: High Hopes! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review dave j Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) is being evicted and needs $5,000 to keep his son as well as his room at the Garden of Eden hotel. And although he already has a girlfriend who lives above him, his successful brother, Mario Manetta (Edwin G. Robinson) along with his wife, Sophie Manetta (Thelma Ritter) won't loan or give him any money unless he agrees to settle down with a lonely widow, Eloise Rogers played by movie veteran Eleanor Parker who had just lost her husband and child 2 years prior to meeting him. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Strange casting choices make Sinatra the well meaning ne'er do well and Robinson his nose-to-the-grindstone successful brother. Somehow it works. Always a joy to watch Thelma Ritter too. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member An old Classic featuring one of my favourite Sinatra tunes, 'High Hopes'! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - How Am I Gonna Help the Kid? A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - How Am I Gonna Help the Kid? 1:26 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Tired of Buying One Lamb Chop A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Tired of Buying One Lamb Chop 2:11 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Tony Loses the Race and the Deal A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Tony Loses the Race and the Deal 2:24 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - High Hopes A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - High Hopes 1:46 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - You're a Bum A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - You're a Bum 2:00 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - I Don't Want Handouts A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - I Don't Want Handouts 2:21 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Ally Worries About His Dad A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Ally Worries About His Dad 3:50 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Tony's a Kiwi A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Tony's a Kiwi 2:11 A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Broke Again A Hole in the Head: Official Clip - Broke Again 2:10 View more videos
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Synopsis Based on Arnold Schulman's Broadway play of the same name, this comedy finds widower Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) struggling to own and operate a Miami hotel. Irresponsible in both business and romance, Tony is dedicated to his young son, Ally (Eddie Hodges), though he butts heads with his own brother, Mario (Edward G. Robinson). When Mario agrees to help Tony out financially, the catch is that the bachelor has to settle down and find a mother for his son.
Director
Frank Capra
Producer
Frank Capra
Screenwriter
Arnold Schulman
Production Co
SinCap Productions
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 15, 1959, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 16, 2008
Runtime
2h 0m
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