For years Apple Annie (Bette Davis), a poor Broadway fruit seller, has maintained to her daughter that she is a wealthy New York socialite. But, with a reunion and society wedding on the horizon, Annie’s fabricated lifestyle risks being revealed. To maintain the ruse, local gangster Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford) engages a colourful crop of 42nd Street characters to help imitate high society. But will Annie be able to maintain the masquerade?
Nominated for three Academy Awards and the last film by legendary director Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life), Pocketful of Miracles is a charming urban fairy tale, featuring stand out performances from Davis, Ford, Hope Lange and Peter Falk.
Presented in High Definition
Audio commentary by Jim Hemphill (2020)
A Pocketful of Archive shorts: a tangential dive into archive film, exploring some of the themes and iconography of Pocketful of Miracles featuring Street Scene – Men with Cart (1898, 1 min); Beggar’s Deceit (1900, 1 min); Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving For America (extract) (1901, 3 mins); American Liner ‘Lusitania’ Entering New York Harbour (1911, 1 min); Fruitlands of Kent (1934, 12 mins); Love on the Wing (1939, 4 mins); I Am a Reporter (1961, 13 mins)
***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new essays by Leigh Singer, Maura Spiegel and Sarah Wood and full film credits