The Five Pennies (1959)

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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 ... See full summary »


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  • Tuesday Weld in The Five Pennies (1959)
  • Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong in The Five Pennies (1959)
  • Tuesday Weld and Ray Anthony in The Five Pennies (1959)
  • Tuesday Weld in The Five Pennies (1959)
  • Barbara Bel Geddes and Danny Kaye in The Five Pennies (1959)
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11 May 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
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| Nice Sounds In This Classic Film
The Five Pennies Danny Kaye plays Red Nichols, a famous coronet player of yesteryear. I found this story a notch better "fair" and nicely aided by the musical talent of Louis Armstrong. Kaye and Armstrong's duet on "When The Saints Go Marching In" is the highlight of the film.

For a classic movie, the stereo in here is amazing, especially on the songs. In one instance, there are three people singing and their voices all coming out separately on different speakers. Pretty good for just the tape. Now that a DVD has been released, I wonder what the sound on that is like?

The story starts to lag a bit near the end when Kaye starts to feel sorry for himself and this goes on and on as he retires from playing. However, there is a nice, sentimental upbeat ending.

Notes: Kaye and Barbara Bel Geddes, who plays Red's wife "Bobbie," never age in the film even though it spans 15 or more years! It's interesting to see Tuesday Weld as a teenager.

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