A Hole in the Head


A Hole in the Head

Infobox Film
name = A Hole in the Head


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director = Frank Capra
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writer = Arnold Schulman
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starring = Frank Sinatra
Edward G. Robinson
Eleanor Parker
Keenan Wynn
Carolyn Jones
Thelma Ritter
Joi Lansing
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released = July 15, 1959
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country = USA
language = English
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imdb_id = 0052896

"A Hole in the Head" (1959) [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052896/ IMDB listing] ] is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra and featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, and Joi Lansing. The film introduced the song "High Hopes", a Sinatra standard used as a John F. Kennedy campaign song during the presidential election the following year. [ [http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/High+Hopes+Lyrics.htm John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum] ] Wynn plays a character based on Walt Disney who agrees to go into a partnership with Sinatra's character to build an amusement park in Florida (the film predates Disneyworld)—until he notices that Sinatra seems too desperate as he cheers for a dog upon which he'd bet heavily. The movie ends with Tony, Eloise and Alley singing "High Hopes" on the beach.

The screenplay was adapted by playwright Arnold Schulman, whose father was the operator of a Miami, Florida hotel. The protagonist of "A Hole in the Head" is a Miami hotel operator.

Broadway play

The film was based on the Broadway play of the same name. It debuted at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway on February 28, 1957 and featured actor Paul Douglas in the lead role. The play earned a Tony Award for Boris Aronson in 1958 for Best Scenic Design. on July 13, 1957 the show closed for a total of 156 performances. [ [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=2619 Broadway play info] ] [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,824754,00.html "Time" magazine article from 1957] ]

Cast

Frank Sinatra as Tony Manetta
Edward G. Robinson as Mario Manetta
Eleanor Parker as Eloise Rogers
Carolyn Jones as Shirl
Thelma Ritter as Sophie Manetta
Keenan Wynn as Jerry Marks
Joi Lansing as Dorine
Joyce Nizzari as Alice
Eddie Hodges as Alvin "Alley" Manetta

References

5. [http://www.aholeinthehead.com "Tribute Site""]


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