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Sorrowful Jones

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1949
  • Sidney Lanfield
  • 84 mins
  • U

Summary

A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. Her father disappears and he learns that taking care of her cramps his free-wheeling life. Sorrowful must evade gangsters and do some horse-thieving.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Damon Runyon's warm-hearted story, Little Miss Marker - about a tightwad Broadway bookie forced to look after a gambler's child - had been a huge success as a film with Shirley Temple. Paramount then ingeniously adapted it into a Bob Hope vehicle, taking attention away from the moppet played competently, but not memorably, by Mary Jane Saunders. Although well supplied with characteristic quips, Hope is more restrained and brings out the sentimentality inherent in the story with only a hint of the W C Fields attitude towards children. Lucille Ball was obvious casting as the Runyon doll, having performed in an earlier adaptation of his work, The Big Street. Under Sidney Lanfield's direction, the film proved such a hit, that director and star teamed up for another Runyon adaptation, The Lemon Drop Kid.

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Credits

Cast

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Sorrowful JonesBob Hope
Gladys O'NeillLucille Ball
RegretWilliam Demarest
Big Steve HollowayBruce Cabot
ReardonThomas Gomez
Martha Jane SmithMary Jane Saunders

Crew

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DirectorSidney Lanfield

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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