The Five Pennies (1959)





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The struggle for success and eventual triumph of jazz trumpeter Red Nichols is portrayed in this biographical drama. Nominated for several Academy Awards, the film includes many musical numbers and appearances by numerous real jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Danny Kaye
as 'Red' Nichols
Barbara Bel Geddes
as Willa Stutsman
Bob Crosby
as Wil Paradise
Harry Guardino
as Tony Valani
Susan Gordon
as Dorothy Nichols at 6
Tuesday Weld
as Dorothy at 12 to 14
Valerie Allen
as Tommye Eden
Ray Anthony
as Jimmy Dorsey
Shelly Manne
as Dave Tough
Bobby Troup
as Arthur Schutt
Ray Daley
as Glenn Miller
Ray Daly Jr.
as Glenn Miller
Earl Barton
as Choreographer
Ned Glass
as Murray
Bob Hope
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Five Pennies

All Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
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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Audience Reviews for The Five Pennies

Beautiful and touching. Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong are brilliant in this film. It holds up very well and the music is out of this world!

bill kuhlman
bill kuhlman

Another great Danny Kaye movie. This one is more of a tear jerker than the others I've seen. There are definitely funny parts but it's also a little more serious.

Erin Harksen
Erin Harksen

Danny Kaye fine in a typical Hollywood bio. Some great music and cameos by real jazz musicians. Tuesday Weld as the daughter!

Bob Brownlee
Bob Brownlee

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