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Sorrowful Jones (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 July 1949 (USA)
A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Humphrey 'Sorrowful' Jones
Lucille Ball ... Gladys O'Neill
William Demarest ... Regret
Bruce Cabot ... Big Steve Holloway
Thomas Gomez ... Reardon
Tom Pedi ... Once Over Sam
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Orville Smith
Houseley Stevenson ... Doc Chesley
Ben Welden ... Big Steve's Bodyguard
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Psychiatrist
Mary Jane Saunders ... Martha Jane Smith
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Storyline

A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his free-wheeling lifestyle. Sorrowful must also evade crooked gangsters and indulge in a bit of horse-thieving. Written by Erica Schulman <ens1@psuvm.psu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's Sorrowful Jones See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 21, 1949 with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

A moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall as Sorrowful walks up to great "Happy Hips" Noonan on the street. See more »

Quotes

Once Over Sam: He makes a monkey out of me? Well I'll make an omelet outta him!
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One Hopeless Marker
3 February 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Sorrowful Jones is both the first time Bob Hope teamed up with Lucille Ball as a leading lady and it's his first try at a Damon Runyon character. It succeeded, but it's not as good as some of the other of Bob Hope's Forties comedies.

This is a remake of Little Miss Marker where Adolphe Menjou played the role of Sorrowful Jones. The problem with this version is that in the first one the main character is the little girl left as a human marker for bookie Sorrowful Jones. The little girl back then was Shirley Temple and it was a Shirley Temple picture.

No child was going to steal the spotlight from Bob Hope and this one has the emphasis on Hope's character which is all wrong. Little Mary Jane Saunders is not Shirley Temple, but who is. Anyway she does not steal the film from Hope and that's wrong.

On the plus side Hope and Lucille Ball show some really good chemistry and they did far better in their next film together Fancy Pants. Also look for good performances from Bruce Cabot as the gambling kingpin and from William Demarest as Hope's sidekick.

But if you want to see Hope and Ball at their best I recommend Fancy Pants.


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