A Hole In The Head 1959

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Feel-good slice of 50s entertainment directed by Frank Capra. Widower Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) leads a glamorous lifestyle that he can't afford. His love of women and the high life is tempered by only one thing: his 12-year-old son Ally (Eddie Hodges). When he approaches his wealthy, respectable brother Mario (Edward G Robinson) to bail him out financially yet again, his brother agrees on one condition: that he agree either to hand Ally over to his custody, or get his act together and settle down and marry a nice sensible woman. Tony and Ally reluctantly agree to Mario's request, but when he meets the woman Mario has in mind (played by Eleanor Parker), Tony realises he's definitely made the right decision. Sinatra's song for the film, 'High Hopes' won an Oscar for Best Song in 1959.

Starring:
Joi Lansing, Frank Sinatra
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Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Joi Lansing, Frank Sinatra, Thelma Ritter, Keenan Wynn, Edward G. Robinson, Carolyn Jones, Eddie Hodges, Eleanor Parker
Director Frank Capra
Genres Comedy
Studio MGM ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2011
Format: DVD
The story is set in Miami, where down-on-his-luck Tony (Frank Sinatra) is struggling to keep his shabby hotel in the black. He's also got his hands full raising his precocious son Ally (Eddie Hodges) and romancing a free-spirit (Carolyn Jones). His wealthy brother (Edward G. Robinson) agrees to support Tony but in exchange, Ally must come to live with him.

This is a wonderful, feel-good comedy/drama with excellent acting all around. Sinatra's Tony is a handsome and cool dreamer who can't seem to catch a break but he's a loving father and has many tender scenes with young Eddie (who mugs a bit too much but is very talented). Robinson and Thelma Ritter as the rich relatives provide a lot of dry, Brooklyn humor and are wonderful as is Eleanor Powell in a small but endearing role.

This 1959 movie is a bit dated but still quite enjoyable. I had a smile on my face and a little tear as well. Sweet and wholesome; highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SeaWasp on 30 July 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Frank Capra's second-last film (the last one was "Pocketful Of Miracles" in 1961) is a pleasant romp in the cha-cha fueled Miami Beach of the late 1950s. Frank Sinatra is a playboy dad/small-time hotel owner going for the big stakes (in ideas and women) while dancing the night away with bongo-playing, upstairs beatnik tenant Caroline Jones. His brother (Edward G. Robinson) is in town trying to get Frank to wake up to himself, marry a decent girl, stop partying and open a dreary little business of his own instead of shooting for the stars. It almost works until a millionaire ex-buddy of Frank's hits town and gives Frank "High Hopes" before it all gets tragically pear-shaped...

Okay, now if you have the Region 1 copy of this dvd, get rid of it and buy the region 2 one. The Region 2 disc is anamorphic wide screen, where Region 1 is 4:3 widescreen so you lose picture quality with A) "zooming" it up, and B) because it is NTSC to begin with. So it's a double-whammy! Region 2 is the way to go for picture quality. Otherwise, there are no bonus extras...not even a trailer. No subtitles. All you get as an "extra" is Chapter Selection.

A fun movie and Sinatra seems at home in his "swinger" role. The little boy who plays his son is Eddie Hodges, who had his 15 minutes of short-lived pop star fame a few years later with the singles "I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door" and "Bandit Of My Dreams". Here he does a duet with Frank on "High Hopes". Frank sings "All My Tomorrows" over the great opening titles which feature aerial views of a pre-drug wars Miami Beach, when the place was swingin'...!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Suzanne Calder on 23 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
This film is a really home entertainment family film. Its a good story and quite amusing and you need a box of tissues too! I love Frank Sinatra and this film is one of his good ones.
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By janmac on 7 April 2014
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As my Brother Sister and myself are all elderly
this DVD was a blast from the past and we
enjoyed it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaynor Murray on 27 Oct 2013
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saving this film for christmasa present for friend who is big frank Sinatra fan.hope she will enjoy this film thank you
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