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The Five Pennies (1959)

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117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s 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...See moreLoring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s 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. Written by Ray Hamel See less
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Writers
Jack Rose (screenplay) | Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | Robert Smith (story) | Red Nichols (suggested by the life of) (as Loring 'Red' Nichols)
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Composer
Leith Stevens (music scored by)
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Editor
Frank P. Keller (edited by)
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Updated Jun 18, 1959

Release date
Aug 1959 (United States)

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66 cast members
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Danny Kaye
'Red' Nichols 'Red' Nichols   See fewer
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Barbara Bel Geddes
Willa Stutsman Willa Stutsman   See fewer
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Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong   See fewer
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Harry Guardino
Tony Valani Tony Valani   See fewer
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Bob Crosby
Wil Paradise Wil Paradise   See fewer
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Bobby Troup
Artie Schutt Artie Schutt   See fewer
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Susan Gordon
Dorothy Nichols - Ages 6 to 8 Dorothy Nichols - Ages 6 to 8   See fewer
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Tuesday Weld
Dorothy Nichols - Age 13 Dorothy Nichols - Age 13   See fewer
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Ray Anthony
Jimmy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey   See fewer
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Shelly Manne
Dave Tough Dave Tough   See fewer
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Ray Daley
Glenn Miller Glenn Miller   See fewer
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Valerie Allen
Tommye Eden Tommye Eden   See fewer
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Eric Alden
Musician (uncredited) Musician (uncredited)   See fewer
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Babette Bain
Rehabilitation Patient (uncredited) Rehabilitation Patient (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Baldwin
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Sheryn Banks
Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited) Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earl Barton
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Henry Beau
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John Benson
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Cindy Carol
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Lesley-Marie Colburn
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Ira Cook
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Evelyn Cotton
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Lynn Fields
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Kenneth Gibson
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Ned Glass
Murray (uncredited) Murray (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Gray
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Bob Hope
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Dennis Kerlee
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Robert Locke Lorraine
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Joe McTurk
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Toby Michaels
Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited) Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Nelson
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Red Nichols
Clicquot Club Eskimo (uncredited) Clicquot Club Eskimo (uncredited)   See fewer
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Monty O'Grady
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Alan Paige
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Jack Pepper
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Peter Potter
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Frank Radcliffe
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Richard Shavelson
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Bert Stevens
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Paul Sullivan
Richard Wilson (uncredited) Richard Wilson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lizanne Truex
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7.3 / 10 | 1,479 votes