The Five Pennies

The Five Pennies

Director: Melville Shavelson Cast: Leith Stevens
Leith Stevens
, Sylvia Fine
Sylvia Fine
, Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
, Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
Melville Shavelson
The Five Pennies

The Five Pennies

Director: Melville Shavelson Cast: Leith Stevens
Leith Stevens
, Sylvia Fine
Sylvia Fine
, Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
, Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
Melville Shavelson

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Overview

The Five Pennies is the life story of influential jazz cornetist Red Nichols, played here by a remarkably straight-faced Danny Kaye. The somewhat romanticized screenplay chronicles Nichols' rise from obscurity, annotates the many future bandleaders who would play with Nichols' "Five Pennies," and details his self-destructive streak and (seeming) inability to conform to changing musical tastes. Weaving in and out of the main story is a sentimental subplot concerning Nichols' physically impaired daughter Dorothy, played by Susan Gordon as a child and by Tuesday Weld (in her movie debut) as a young woman. Nichols's long-suffering wife is portrayed by Barbara Bel Geddes. The storyline occasionally lapses into sappiness and the ending is almost impossibly lachrymose, but the musical highlights save the day. Especially memorable is Danny Kaye's duet with Louis Armstrong. Among the real-life musicians who grace the supporting cast of The Five Pennies are Bob Crosby, Ray Anthony, Shelly Manne, and, as Jimmy Dorsey, Bobby Troup.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2020
UPC: 0032429353627
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: ALLIED VAUGHN
Language: English
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 22,250

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Kaye 'Red' Nichols
Barbara Bel Geddes Willa Stutsman
Bob Crosby Wil Paradise
Louis Armstrong Himself
Harry Guardino Tony Valani
Susan Gordon Dorothy Nichols at 6
Tuesday Weld Dorothy at 12 to 14
Valerie Allen Tommye Eden
Ray Anthony Jimmy Dorsey
Shelly Manne Dave Tough
Bobby Troup Arthur Schutt
Ray Daley Glenn Miller
Ray Daly Glenn Miller
Earl Barton Choreographer
Ned Glass Murray
Bob Hope Himself
Richard Shavelson Party
Blanche Sweet Bit

Technical Credits
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Danny Kaye Executive Producer
Jack Rose Producer,Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson Director,Screenwriter
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