There is something irresistible about the story of a darling little girl left in the care of colorfully kind gamblers, which explains why this is the fourth attempt to bring Damon Runyon's story to the screen. But writer-director Walter Bernstein blows his directorial debut completely.

There is something irresistible about the story of a darling little girl left in the care of colorfully kind gamblers, which explains why this is the fourth attempt to bring Damon Runyon’s story to the screen. But writer-director Walter Bernstein blows his directorial debut completely.

It’s a shame, because seemingly if ever there was an actor who should play ‘Sorrowful Jones’ it’s Walter Matthau and Bob Newhart should have been a wonderful ‘Regret’, while Tony Curtis could have been a respectable antagonist.

But they are all flat in their parts and that has to be Bernstein’s fault. Even worse, Julie Andrews is woefully miscast with her British accent and Lee Grant gets no more than a bit part as a judge. The only really decent thing about the picture is little Sara Stimson.

Little Miss Marker

Production

Universal. Director Walter Bernstein; Producer Jennings Lang; Screenplay Walter Bernstein; Camera Philip Lathrop; Editor Eve Newman; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director Edward C. Carfagno

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Walter Matthau Julie Andrews Tony Curtis Sara Stimson Bob Newhart
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