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POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES

Director: FRANK CAPRA

U.S.A.| 1961. COLOUR. ANAMORPHIC. 136 MIN.


Frank Capra’s final film, a remake of his 1933 success Lady for a Day, is a pocketful of sentimental whimsy, about an apple seller (Davis) who is helped by a gangster (Glenn Ford) and his small-time hoodlums to pose as a high society lady when her long lost daughter returns from abroad. As Apple Annie, Bette Davis described her role disdainfully as a ’60-year-old Cinderella’, but she plays it with force and finesse. Critics were divided between those who likened the experience of watching the film to being beaten to death by a toffee-apple and those who found it a breath of fresh air. Although never forgiving himself for giving in to the demands of his male star, Capra thanked his lucky stars for a scene-stealing turn by Peter Falk, whom he described as ‘my joy, my anchor to reality.’


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