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

- What five points?

Go to bed. A kid playing gin

at four in the morning.

Next thing you know,

you'll be smoking and drinking.

OK, once more.

Who's the greatest champ of all times?

- For $1 million?

- For $1 million.

That's easy - you are.

I ought to punch you in your funny nose.

Except it looks like your mother's.

You know how you look like her?

Look how look like her.

Little Millie. She was so good.

Pop, please don't let me

go live with Uncle Mario.

- What are you talking?

- I know if you call him for money...

I never saw such a worrypuss.

Come here.

You know what I'm gonna do for you

when I'm on Easy Street?

I used to dream about it

when I was in the Bronx.

I'm gonna buy you the biggest house

you ever saw. Big as a castle.

We're gonna have flowers and dogs,

and beautiful horses

with their tails way up in the air.

And maybe a big white yacht. Hm?

I used to watch those boats

go up and down the Hudson.

I used to say to myself "Yes, sirree, boy,

one of these days,

all of that is for my little Ally."

Me too, you.

"Me too, you?" What kind of talk is that?

When I grow up and be a famous scientist,

I'm gonna buy things for you.

- Hotels.

- Shut up.

I'll do all the buying in this family.

That gives me a good idea.

Cos right next to that big house,

I'll build a very big scientific building.

Every afternoon, I can watch

the professors shoot rockets to the moon.



First, we've got to get you a bank,

something solid, you know?

Real solid. We'll have your name

in gold letters that high.

President Ally, banker.

Boy, we sure could use

that bank right now.

Oh, go to bed. Go on, beat it.

It's four o'clock in the morning.

- Good night, Pop.

- Knock off.

(thinks) Don't let him call Uncle Mario.

I don't wanna live with Uncle Mario.

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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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