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The Five Pennies (1959)

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Release Date: Jun 18, 1959 Wide

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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

Dec 13, 2005

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The Five Pennies is a solidly crafted movie that glosses over a lot of the real history of jazz.

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

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.

January 2, 2006
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Nice Jazz drama. Kaye gives a good performance and nice cameos by Jazz greats.
May 21, 2008
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