The Five Pennies
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Kaye is known for some brilliant comedies including The Court Jester, and for some more subtle performances like Hans Christian Anderson, but here he combines the best of the two. In what purports to be the life story of famous cornet player, Loring "Red" Nichols, Kaye is wonderful. Along for the ride is Barbara Bel Geddes (Broadway's Maggie the cat) as wife Bobbie. With her close, squinty eyes and squat shape, she is not exactly a movie babe, but she is terrific actress and great acting partner for Kaye.
Three things up the ante of this film to excellent: the Oscar-nominated color photography in VistaVision by Daniel L. Fapp, the music performed by Louis Armstrong and Nichols himself as Kaye mimes the playing, and the performance of child actress Susan Gordon as Dorothy Nichols.
Kaye's scene with Gordon as he croons the Oscar-nominated title tune (written by his wife Sylvia Fine) is as touching a moment ever captured on film. Kaye and Gordon seem to transcend themselves to actually become father and daughter. Their poker scene is charming. Gordon (who grows up to be Tuesday Weld later in the film) holds her own musically with Kaye and Armstrong and is a movie moppet to be adored.
Illness in the family, quitting show business, and other problems populate the final third of the film, but it is all presented with the proper sentiment. When Red picks up his cornet again, we are glad.
The Five Pennies, its superb cast, 20 great musical numbers, and beautiful settings would be a welcome addition to your collection. Kaye will touch your heart, and Gordon will make you smile with a tear in your eyes.
The performances by all concerned were outstanding.....so much Louis Armstrong can't possibly be anything BUT a good thing. And Danny Kaye, as always, makes you just love the man.
This movie is so great on so many levels. Yes, it often tends to be a sentimental tear-jerker, but I'll take that over watching Bruce Willis and Ahnold blow things up any day.
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I used to sing three of these songs from the movie to my daughter at night when she was young, and she had never known where they came from. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebecca R. Pillsbury
After some initial issues with getting the right DVD, I was pleased to note it was in great shape & played one of my favorites~Published 4 months ago by Karen Boyd
The Five Pennies is Hollywood's semi-biographical account of the career of Loring 'Red' Nichols.
This film provides a partly fictionalized account of Nichols rise to... Read more
Excellent movie, one of my all time favourites. Quality is supreme. So happy to finally have it in my collection. This is my second time ordering. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary-Ellen Iverson
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I don't get it either...I LOVE this movie, but it's up to nearly $100 now. That's ridiculous. Not since VCR's first came out and I paid $60 for a video tape of Friendly Persuasion have I seen such a high price on a feature movie. I've paid that and more for things like "War and... Read More
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