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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good story line of Ed Nichols, A more dramatic part for Danny Kaye even though there were light moments. A warm relationship with Ed & Family was portrayed.Published 9 days ago by Michael E. Shawler
This is a very good movie. This movie is about the career of Red Nichols. I am a big fan of his music. Danny Kaye did a good job portraying him.Published 1 month ago by Robert Barker
I remember watching this movie many years ago and shedding a few tears, then erupting with rejoicing at the message of hope and joy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Botha
Love this movie. Danny Kaye gets to combine his considerable dramatic talents with his comedic talents in this loosely-biographical account of cornet player Red Nichols. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WoW mom
Loved this movie a long time ago. I watched it, after I found it and love it still.Published 1 month ago by Julia
Love Danny Kaye. Benny Goodman and others. Louis Armstrong is an amazing performerPublished 2 months ago by Deniece Thompson
The acting, settings, and plot are timeless. a good study in Self-Esteem, Prejudice, Love, and being a responsible person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David P.
We truly enjoyed this movie! We read where Nichols played his own cornet parts for the film. Also, the movie's theme song was composed by Sylvia Fine, the wife of Danny Kaye. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andy K.
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