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This second of four film adaptations of Damon Runyon's Damon Runyon is tailored to the talents of Bob Hope. A shifty Broadway bookie, Sorrowful Jones (Hope) becomes a reluctant foster parent when an anxious gambler leaves behind his little girl Martha Jane (Mary Jane Saunders) as a "marker," or IOU. When the father is killed by mobster Big Steve Holloway (Bruce Cabot), Sorrowful decides to hide Martha Jane from the authorities, lest the poor girl get tossed in an orphanage. Lucille Ball co-stars as Sorrowful's erstwhile girlfriend Gladys, who along with Mary Jane is instrumental in "reforming" the cynical Jones. The climactic scenes, wherein Sorrowful tries to smuggle a horse into a hospital in order to bring the little girl out of a coma, deftly combines slapstick with pathos. A remake of 1934's Damon Runyon, which starred Shirley Temple in the title role, Sorrowful Jones was itself remade in 1962 as the Tony Curtis vehicle Tony Curtis; it was filmed again in 1980, once more as Damon Runyon, with Curtis as the villain and Walter Matthau in the Bob Hope role. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bob Hope
as Humphrey "Sorrowful" Jones
Lucille Ball
as Gladys O'Neill
William Demarest
as Regret
Mary Jane Saunders
as Martha Jane Smith
Bruce Cabot
as Big Steve Holloway
Tom Pedi
as Once Over Sam
Thomas Gomez
as Reardon
Ben Welden
as Big Steve's Bodyguard
Emmett Vogan
as Psychiatrist
Sam Finn
Pat Lane
Louise Lorimer
as Nurse
Frank Mills
Allan Ray
Billy Snyder
William Yip
Claire Carleton
as Agnes "Happy Hips" Noonan
Maurice Cass
as Psychiatrist
Edgar Dearing
as Police Lt. Mitchell
Selmar Jackson
as Doctor
Bob Kortman
as Horseplayer
Marc Krah
as Barber
John Miller
as Head Phone Man
Patsy O'Byrne
as Scrubwoman
Ralph Peters
as Cab Driver
John Shay
as Doctor
Arthur Space
as Plainclothesman
Sid Tomack
as Waiter at Steve's Place
Harry Tyler
as Blinky
Edgar Dearing
as Police Lt. Mitchell
Selmar Jackson
as Doctor
Maurice Cass
as Psychiatrist
Ralph Peters
as Cab Driver
Arthur Space
as Plainclothesman
Louise Lorimer
as Nurse
Bob Kortman
as Horseplayer
Claire Carleton
as Agnes "Happy Hips" Noonan
John Shay
as Doctor
John Miller
as Head Phone Man
Sid Tomack
as Waiter at Steve's Place
Marc Krah
as Barber
Patsy O'Byrne
as Scrubwoman

Crew

Sidney Lanfield
Director
Melville Shavelson
Screenwriter
Edmund L. Hartmann
Screenwriter
Sam Hellman
Play Author
Jack Rose
Screenwriter
Gladys Lehman
Play Author
Daniel L. Fapp
Cinematographer
Robert Emmett Dolan
Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Emmett Dolan
Composer (Music Score)
Jay Livingston
Songwriter
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Bertram Granger
Set Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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