29TH STREET29th Street is a
comedy-melodrama based on the true-life story of actor Frank
Pesce, who won the first New York State Lottery in 1976.
Almost an updated It's a Wonderful Life set in Queens, New
York, it's a story of family relationships. The focus is on
Frank Jr., who was born lucky, and his relationship with his
father, who feels he's a born loser. After Frank Jr. is rushed
to the hospital after being stabbed, even his bad luck
ultimately turns to good fortune when a tumor is discovered
and removed before it can become malignant. His good fortune
is tested when he sells his potentially winning lottery ticket
to a gangster to whom his father is deeply in debt.
Animal action is
limited to the family cat, Vinnie, seen at various times in
bed or in the kitchen eating pizza. (The pizza had an extra
topping of cat food.) When Vinnie is caught on Frank Jr.'s
prized handkerchief-sized lawn, Dad throws a newspaper at him.
This scene was shot in cuts, with the cat walking from point A
to point B. He was not there when the newspaper was thrown.