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Sorrowful Jones(1949)

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The film's title card reads: "Damon Runyon's Sorrowful Jones." The film opens with a foreword narrated by newsman Walter Winchell, who was a good friend of Runyon's. According to a Paramount News item, Winchell donated his salary to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, which Winchell had established in the writer's name. Although Maurice Cass is listed in the CBCS as "Psychiatrist," Emmett Vogan plays that role, and Cass does not appear in the film. This film marked Mary Jane Saunders' feature film debut. Also included in the film are excerpts from a number of popular songs, such as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Sweet Adeline." The 1934 Paramount film on which Sorrowful Jones was partially based was titled Little Miss Marker, and was directed by Alexander Hall, and starred Adolphe Menjou and Shirley Temple (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2523). Also based on Runyon's story were Universal's 1962 film Forty Pounds of Trouble, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette and Claire Wilcox; and Universal's 1980 film Little Miss Marker, directed by Walter Bernstein and starring Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews and Tony Curtis. Bob Hope and Lucille Ball reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on November 21, 1949.