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Sorrowful Jones

Theatrical Release Date:  TBC
Home Ent. Release Date:  26 Jul 2009
Cert:   -


Born in 1903 in London and then raised for a time in Bristol, Bob Hope and his parents emigrated to the US when he was just 5. One of the most versatile celebrities of his days, Hope appeared in the wildly successful Road To… series of films with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour from 1940-1952 and was one of Paramount’s biggest stars in the 1950s. Radio made him one of the best-known entertainers in North America and he hosted the Academy Awards ceremony 18 times between 1939 and 1977. Also winner of 5 Honorary Oscars – not least for his work entertaining US troops during WWII, he was married his wife Dolores for 69 years until his death, aged 100, in 2003. A remake of the popular 1934 classic: Little Miss Marker. Sorrowful Jones (Bob Hope) is a seemingly heartless, miserly bookie who accepts a little girl named Mary-Jane (Martha Jane Smith), as a bet marker from her desperate father. When he is then murdered by local mob boss ‘Big Steve’ (Bruce Cabot, Diamonds Are Forever, Cat Ballou), Jones finds himself a reluctant foster parent. Sorrowful turns to his old flame Gladys (Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy) for help and, despite the hindrance to their lifestyles, they become getting attached to the little girl. But as the Police start to piece events together, Big Steve moves to tie up some loose ends: including Mary-Jane. Marking the first onscreen pairing of Ball and Hope, Sorrowful Jones deftly blends slapstick and pathos, winning Hope a Best Song Oscar for “Buttons and Bows”.

Directed By:

  • Sidney Lanfield


  • Bob Hope
  • Lucille Ball
  • Bruce Cabot

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