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The Five Pennies [DVD] [1959]

Danny Kaye , Louis Armstrong , Melville Shavelson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Kaye, Louis Armstrong, Barbara Bel Geddes, Bob Crosby, Harry Guardino
  • Directors: Melville Shavelson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LPLJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Biography of Red Nichols, a gifted country boy who comes to the big city and becomes a famous trumpeter.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Five Pennies is the life story of influential jazz cornetist Red Nichols, played here by a remarkably straight-faced Danny Kaye. The somewhat romanticized screenplay chronicles Nichols' rise from obscurity, annotates the many future bandleaders who would play with Nichols' "Five Pennies," and details his self-destructive streak and (seeming) inability to conform to changing musical tastes. Weaving in and out of the main story is a sentimental subplot concerning Nichols' physically impaired daughter Dorothy, played by Susan Gordon as a child and by Tuesday Weld (in her movie debut) as a young woman. Nichols's long-suffering wife is portrayed by Barbara Bel Geddes. The storyline occasionally lapses into sappiness and the ending is almost impossibly lachrymose, but the musical highlights save the day. Especially memorable is Danny Kaye's duet with Louis Armstrong. Among the real-life musicians who grace the supporting cast of The Five Pennies are Bob Crosby, Ray Anthony, Shelly Manne, and, as Jimmy Dorsey, Bobby Troup. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...The Five Pennies ( 5 Pennies )

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little musical biopic ! 5 Jun 2009
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This is a very pleasant couple of hours entertainment, loosely depicting the life and times of jazz musician Red Nicols. The movie is typical of its time and type and there is simply nothing to complain about at all - however minor. Okay! like other biopics the story line is a little bit questionable (even Red himself might have said "did I do this?" , "Did I do that?" ) But he would not have found the movie disagreeable. There is a certain poignancy through the story of Red's life, especially with the serious illness of his daughter and the abandonment of his musical career during the second world war. Happily these incidents evolve satisfactorily and won't leave you reaching for the tissues. Just a bit of moistness around the eyes maybe! Nice to see Barbara Bel Geddes (long before her Dallas days) playing Red's wife, and a youthful Tuesday Weld as his daughter (for the teenager scenes.) The music is terrific, and theres a generous amount of it too. Super to see Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby and Ray Anthony making their contribution and other famous musical figures of the period being depicted; Glenn Miller, the Dorsey brothers and so on. Red plays his own numbers during the film and Danny Kaye does an excellent job of simulated trumpet playing. The movie is a bit schmaltzy in places but these sort of films usually are. It won't spoil your enjoyment though - and enjoy it you will !
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another vintage musical 5 Sep 2008
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This film was part of the many musicals being produced by the big Hollywood studios about this time. It tells the story of a trumpet player who is successfull and then due to circustances partly of his own doing gives up music. It is well worth viewing if you are a fan of old musicals and Danny Kaye
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MEMORY PRESERVED 7 Sep 2008
What can you say regarding Mr Kayes performance simply "you wish you had half the talent of this great entertainer" timeless classic actually being made the same year as I was being made and seen as an impressionable child at the insistance of a father who Idolised the comic genius and of the few people who like norman widom could make you feel laughter,anger,sadness,elation,tenderness and almost every other emotion in and out of the book. Every kid should see it from 1-100 years of age.
Just to remind people that not every day is a good day, And your real friends never desert you but, just lose track of you sometimes.
And louis Armstrong is a Great support too.(after being the greatest horn player ever)but thats just my opinion.
thanks for taking the time to read this
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past 5 April 2009
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I bought this to replace an old worn out VHS copy. A fantastic film with fantastic songs (Many I sang to get my little girl to sleep when she was younger). It never ages and looks even better on DVD
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Musical Ever 15 Mar 2009
I remember being shown this video when I was about 3 by my gran and thought it was the most fantastic film ever!!

Danny Kaye is fantastic and the whole vibe from the film is just perfection in my book!! Hope it is never remade though!!! Too good the way it is!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd the five pennies,danny kaye 17 April 2009
this was a present and they loved it the film is a classic a must for any danny kaye fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any more. 2 Mar 2011
I bought this film because it has "The Five Penny Saints" on it. I fell in love with that a while ago, and I wanted to see what the rest of the film was about.

The film is about a musician who gets the work / home balance ever so slightly wrong, and ends up paying a heavy price, for a time at least. Anybody who has ever wished that they could spend more time with their kids should watch it and take note.

Most of all though, watch it for the great music and songs! Danny Kaye is a great all-rounder, and if you have only ever seen him singing about Hans Christian Anderson, then you are in for a real treat when he starts scatting with Louis Armstrong.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars J.P.M. The Hague, Netherlands 30 July 2008
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After having seen this movie for a forty-eight years ago, it's staying very humoristic when I watched again on this DVD production.
Danny Kaye plays his role as Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols well with i'ts useable kind of humor!
For a seventy percent the history of Red Nichols is true, for the remaining part some artists of that time are not repressented in this movie, like Paul Whiteman's Orchestra when Red Nichols was a member when he got married in 1927 was absent.
In the movie I have seen Red Nichols was loosing his job. And also the other aspects, like he has left music business for a time during his daughter's illness is not true.
But it's well known music again makes everything good and the musicians do their utmost to give everyone their entertainment!
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