The Five Pennies (1959)
Release Date: Jun 18, 1959 Wide
Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 717
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
Jun 18, 1959 Wide
Dec 13, 2005
Paramount Home Video
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The Five Pennies is a solidly crafted movie that glosses over a lot of the real history of jazz.
A bit of a sprightly-tragic mess, but if one doesn't try to sum up its parts, it's plenty entertaining in a nostalgic, old-movie way.
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