A Hole In The Head (1959)

FRANK CAPRA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA, 1959SinCap Productions.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1959.

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.

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