The Five Pennies (1959)

Release Date: 1959-01-01

Runtime: 1 hour and 57 minutes

Genre(s): Drama, Music

Language(s): English


The musical biopic of jazz great Red Nichols features a healthy dose of melodrama along with the melodies. As the famed Dixieland cornetist, he runs into opposition to his sound, but breaks through to success. He marries a warm, patient woman (Bel Geddes) and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio. The jazzman puts down his horn to stand by her.

Cast 13
Danny Kaye - Ernest Loring Nichols
Barbara Bel Geddes - Wila Stutsman
Louis Armstrong - Himself
Harry Guardino - Tony Valani
Bob Crosby - Wil Paradise
Bobby Troup - Artie Schutt
Susan Gordon - Dorothy Nichols - Ages 6 to 13
Tuesday Weld - Dorothy Nichols - Age 13
Ray Anthony - Jimmy Dorsey
Shelly Manne - Dave Tough
Ray Daley - Glenn Miller
Valerie Allen - Tommye Eden
Cindy Carol - Girl at Birthday Party
Directing 2
Melville Shavelson - Director
Ralph Axness - Second Assistant Director
Production 1
Edgar Fay - Unit Manager
Camera 2
James Grant - Assistant Camera
Glen E. Richardson - Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up 1
Bud Bashaw Jr. - Makeup Artist

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