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The Five Pennies

The Five Pennies(1959)

Also Known As: Intermission | Red Nichols | The Red Nichols Story |

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Brief Synopsis

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 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.

Cast & Crew

Danny Kaye Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols
Barbara Bel Geddes Bobbie Meredith, also known as Willa Stutsman
Harry Guardino Tony Valani
Bob Crosby Wil Paradise
Bobby Troup Artie Schutt
Susan Gordon Dorothy Nichols, age 6 to 8
Tuesday Weld Dorothy Nichols, age 13
Ray Anthony Jimmy Dorsey
Shelly Manne Dave Tough
Ray Daley Glenn Miller
Valerie Allen Tommye Eden

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 17 Jun 1959; Los Angeles opening: 30 Jun 1959
Release Date:  1959 Production Date:  [VistaVision Motion Picture High-Fidelity]
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Pictures Corp., Dena Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  114 or 117 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Can't wait

    glen 2015-12-16

    A very good movie. Danny Kaye is one of best. When will it be aired on TCM? MORE>

  • Still waiting to see this movie

    Sam 2014-12-07

    The Five Pennies, with Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong. Still waiting to see it n TCM. MORE>

  • The Five Pennies

    Kim Annese 2014-05-20

    One of Danny Kaye's best. When will we get to see it on TCM? MORE>