A Hole In The Head


(out of 5)

Frank Sinatra stars in this enjoyable comedy-drama in the role that he basically played all throughout the fifties: a down-on-his luck heel who just needs one chance to prove himself worthy of those better than him. This time he’s a struggling Florida hotel owner trying to manage relationships with good-natured Carolyn Jones and his young son. His brother (Edward G. Robinson) and sister-in-law (Thelma Ritter) pop by for a visit to help him out and try to set him up with lovely divorcee Eleanor Parker. Excellent performances highlight a mostly unimpressive story, plus the added delight of hearing the theme ‘High Hopes’, which was introduced in this film and went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song.

USA, 1959

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by Frank Capra

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award
Best Music (Song) (“High Hopes”, music by James Van Heusen; lyrics by Sammy Cahn)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Comedy

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Frank Capra)