A Hole in the Head

Synopsis: Tony Manetta runs an unsuccessful Miami hotel, on which he can't meet the payments. Another liability is his weakness for dames (Shirl, his sexy current flame, is even less responsible than Tony). But a solid asset is Ally, his sensible 12-year-old son. When Tony wants stolid brother Mario to bail him out again, Mario makes conditions: give up Ally, or at least get married to a "nice, quiet little woman" of his selection. Tony and Ally just play along to be diplomatic, but when the woman in question proves to look like Eleanor Parker...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Frank Capra
Production: MGM
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

About three, four million dollars.

Maybe five million.

We take the buildings down

and we build a Disneyland.

Pretty big blockbuster idea, huh?

I got three or four guys

who want to put in...

Abe Diamond.

Now he picks to throw me out.

If the word gets around,

my credit will be worth about two cents.

Don't worry about it.

I'll figure something out.


- Sleepy? I'll run you a little gin.

- It's four o'clock in the morning.

So it's four o'clock. What, are you sleepy?

Come on, we'll play cards.

In 1931, when Mickey Walker gave up the

middleweight crown, who fought for it?

- What are we gonna do?

- Answer the question.

- Ben Jeby and Gorilla Jones.

- Right for $1 million.

- What are we gonna do, Pop?

- Stop worrying about it.

- Maybe if we sell the car.

- I'm gonna have to flatten you.

If you're gonna play cards, play.

Tomorrow I'll go see Mr Diamond

and ask him to tear up the eviction notice.

- What if he don't?

- Then I'll go to a bank.

You think Marty Elkins

is gonna turn me down?

- He'd give me the money in two minutes.

- I thought you went to him last month.

Don't go getting smart with me, Ally.

And if worst comes to worst,

I'll call up your Uncle Mario.

- Uncle Mario?

- Now that's very nice.

- Nice respect to show for your relatives.

- Gee whiz, Pop.

Don't you remember after Mama died

how they started all that stuff

about you can't take care of me, and all?

- So?

- I wanna stay here with you.

Look, in the first place, I'm not going to

call up Uncle Mario unless it's desperate.

In the second place, I'm not gonna

let anybody take you away from me.

What am I gonna do?

Sell you for a few dollars for money?

- Play cards and answer the question.

- James J Corbett.

I didn't ask the question yet.

- Five points.

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Arnold Schulman

Arnold Schulman (born August 11, 1925) is an American playwright, screenwriter, producer, a songwriter and novelist. He was a stage actor long associated with the American Theatre Wing and the Actors Studio. more…

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