The Five Pennies DVD 1959 Danny Kaye Biography Drama Music NR Color
Stars of The Five Pennies: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong
Loring “Red” Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920’s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise’s band, but quits to pursue his dream of playing Dixieland jazz. He forms the “Five Pennies” which features his wife, Bobbie, as vocalist.
At the peak of his fame, Red and Bobbie’s daughter, Dorothy, develops polio. Red quits the music business to move to Los Angeles where the climate is better for Dorothy. As Dorothy becomes a young teen, she learns of her father’s musical past, and he is persuaded to open a small nightclub which is failing until some noted names from his past come to help out.
The story of the daughter’s attack of polio and her fight to walk again is unflinching and the first-time viewer should pack sufficient Kleenex. Fans of Danny Kaye will find plenty of examples of his trademark clowning, but they’ll also find moments of wonderful dramatic and introspective acting. For both traditional jazz fans, and those who appreciate wholesomely uplifting (but NOT goody-goody) film, this movie is a treasure.
Product Information for The Five Pennies
- Director: Melville Shavelson
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Dena Productions
- Run time: 117 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Color
This movie is reproduced on a professional grade DVD-R disc and comes in a jewel case. Artwork is imprinted on the DVD exactly as shown in the image.
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