A Hole In The Head (1959)


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 .  

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.

Academy Award:  Best Song (“High Hopes”)


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