Ann-Margret Sings in Pocketful of Miracles
Pocketful of Miracles is a 1961 comedy film. The screenplay was based on a story by Damon Runyon called "Madame La Gimp" and an earlier screenplay by Frank Capra and Robert Riskin for Capra's Lady for a Day (1933). It starred Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, and Bette Davis. The supporting cast including Edward Everett Horton, Peter Falk, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Ann-Margret in her film debut. The film proved to be director Frank Capra's final production, and the last role of veteran actor Thomas Mitchell.
The film inspired the 1989 Jackie Chan film, Miracles.
Dave "the Dude" (Glenn Ford), a successful, but very superstitious New York City gangster, buys apples from street peddler Apple Annie (Bette Davis) to bring him luck. On the eve of a very important meeting, however, he finds Annie in tears. It turns out that she has a grownup daughter, one she sent as a child to Europe for a fancy education and to avoid the shame of her family background. Now, Louise (Ann-Margret) is returning to introduce her mother, whom she has been led to believe is a wealthy socialite, to her aristocratic fiancé Carlos (Peter Mann) and his father, Count Alfonso Romero (Arthur O'Connell).
Hope Lange as Elizabeth 'Queenie' Martin
Dave's girlfriend "Queenie" Martin (Hope Lange) talks him into helping Annie pull off a deception. Dave acquires an instant husband for Annie, cultured pool hustler "Judge" Henry Blake (Thomas Mitchell), a butler named Hutchins (Edward Everett Horton), and all the props needed to fool Annie's guests, all while postponing his appointment with another powerful gangster, much to the exasperation and nervousness of Dave's right hand man, "Joy Boy" (Peter Falk). When nosy reporters get a whiff that something odd is going on, they are kidnapped. Finally, Dave manages to engineer a lavish reception, with the mayor and the governor as guests. Louise and her impressed future husband and father-in-law return to Europe none the wiser.