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Sorrowful Jones (1949)





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This second of four film adaptations of Damon Runyon's Little Miss Marker 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 Little Miss Marker, which starred Shirley Temple in the title role, Sorrowful Jones was itself remade in 1962 as the Tony Curtis vehicle Who's Got the Action; it was filmed again in 1980, once more as Little Miss Marker, with Curtis as the villain and Walter Matthau in the Bob Hope role.


Bob Hope
as Humphrey "Sorrowful" Jones
Lucille Ball
as Gladys O'Neill
Mary Jane Saunders
as Martha Jane Smith
Bruce Cabot
as Big Steve Holloway
Thomas Gomez
as Reardon
Tom Pedi
as Once-Over Sam
Paul Lees
as Orville Smith
Ben Welden
as Big Steve's Bodyguard
Claire Carleton
as Agnes `Happy Hips' Noonan
John 'Skins' Miller
as Head Phone Man
Marc Krah
as Barber
Sid Tomack
as Waiter at Steve's Place
Patsy O'Byrne
as Charwoman
Ralph Peters
as Cab Driver
Edgar Dearing
as Police Lt. Mitchell
Arthur Space
as Plainclothesman
John Mallon
as Horseplayer
Frank Mills
as Horseplayer
Tony Cirillo
as Horseplayer
Allan Ray
as Horseplayer
Sam Finn
as Horseplayer
Bob Kortman
as Horseplayer
James Cornell
as Horseplayer
Jack Roberts
as Horseplayer
Jim Davies
as Horseplayer
Michael A. Cirillo
as Horseplayer
Pat Lane
as Booky
Eddie Rio
as Booky
William Yip
as Chinaman
George Chan
as Chinaman
Emmett Vogan
as Psychiatrist
Maurice Cass
as Psychiatrist
John Shay
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Sorrowful Jones

All Critics (1)

Bob Hope, Lucille Ball comedy suffers from lack of laughs.

March 23, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Sorrowful Jones


Bob Hope and Lucille Ball headline this Damon Runyon tale of personal redemption that has an incorrigible boorish street slime caring for someone else, in this case, a little orphan girl (awww). Although obvious as all get out, and predictable, the Runyon-isms and star wattage manage to power on through to the conclusion. Not bad.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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