• The Five Pennies (1959)

The Five Pennies

Release Date: August 1st, 1959

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

In this film based on a true story, Red Nichols (Danny Kaye) moves from his small town to New York City to become a jazz musician. Although he experiences culture shock, he soon becomes well respected in the clubs, even forming a friendship with Louis Armstrong (Louis Armstrong). After marrying Willa (Barbara Bel Geddes) and having a daughter, Dorothy (Susan Gordon), Red still tours constantly. But, when he learns that Dorothy has polio, he realizes he must rethink his priorities.

Cast: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby, Harry Guardino, Susan Gordon, Tuesday Weld, Valerie Allen

Director: Melville Shavelson

Genres: Musical

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Dena Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Cool , Rise , 1930s , Touching , 1940s , Sacrifice , Daughter , Wife , Los Angeles , 1950s , Spirited , New York City ,


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