חזרה

POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES

For Hicksflicks.com, Nov. 22, 2013

Frank Capra, the filmmaker whose romantic comedy-dramas became hugely popular in the 1930s — "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deed Goes to Town," "You Can't Take It With You," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" — was so successful in his populist approach, blending comedy and sentiment, that critics dubbed his films "Capra-corn."

And that certainly applies to his last movie: "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), a remake of his 1933 feature "Lady For a Day." In "Pocketful of Miracles" Bette Davis is Apple Annie, a homeless street peddler who is something of a lucky charm for gangster Glenn Ford.

Set against Christmas in Manhattan, the plot has Davis learning that her daughter (Ann-Margret, in her film debut) is planning to visit, so Ford and his comic-mobster pals (led by hilarious Peter Falk) decide to give Annie a makeover so she can entertain her daughter in style and keep her from discovering the truth about her mother's circumstances.

Colorful and as thickly sentimental as any of Capra's earlier works, "Pocketful of Miracles" is overlong and the comedy is too broad, but it does have a certain charm, and the players are all having infectious fun.

You can see it on the big screen Tuesday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m., in the SCERA Center in Orem.