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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great old style chick flick!
spoilt rich girl who longs to lead a normal life, takes up a job as a nanny/housekeeper with a widowed, wealthy businessman who doesn't know her secret...
This is the kind of film that Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping try to be! Good as those films are, they still can't match this one. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Sophia Loren is amazing...
Published on 5 Mar 2004 by F. Mclachlan

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his finest........
Cary Grant has few opportunities in this film to be the suave urbanite seducer we know and love him for - after all he has three children, no wife and an interfering family to cope with! Having said that, he shows his unfailing comic timing and while Sophia Loren is playing as usual, Sophia Loren, there are some nice touches. She's on the run and takes a job as...
Published on 25 Oct 2000 by michelle.hurst@virgin.net


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his finest........, 25 Oct 2000
This review is from: Houseboat [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Cary Grant has few opportunities in this film to be the suave urbanite seducer we know and love him for - after all he has three children, no wife and an interfering family to cope with! Having said that, he shows his unfailing comic timing and while Sophia Loren is playing as usual, Sophia Loren, there are some nice touches. She's on the run and takes a job as housekeeper, mending hearts and bringing the family together. The dance scene is well done, giving Grant some great lines and allowing Sophia to shimmy around in a tight gold frock. Of course everyone lives happily ever after and it's amusing - it's just not one of his best. Sophia Loren is mis-cast - you can't help thinking that Ingrid Bergman would have done it so much better - but well, has Cary Grant ever been in a stinker?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great old style chick flick!, 5 Mar 2004
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F. Mclachlan "fee" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
spoilt rich girl who longs to lead a normal life, takes up a job as a nanny/housekeeper with a widowed, wealthy businessman who doesn't know her secret...
This is the kind of film that Sleepless in Seattle and While You Were Sleeping try to be! Good as those films are, they still can't match this one. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Sophia Loren is amazing (according to Hollywood gossip it spilled over into real life too!), the comedy is timed to perfection and the lavish sets and wardrobe is impeccable as always in those days. If you love the old style romantic comedies, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Romantic Comedy, 19 Jun 2007
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Rama Rao "Rama" (Annandale, VA, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
Director Melville Shavelson is known for directing some successful romantic comedies involving families; two divorced adults and their offspring's. He takes credit for not only Houseboat, but also for "Yours, Mine and Ours," casting some successful stars of the day. This family drama casts Cary Grant as Tom Winters, a widower trying to raise three children alone away from his work at Washington D.C. to country side closer to relatives of his former wife. His young children love the younger sister of their mother but Tom is not too thrilled about dating her. Instead he meets a young Italian named Cinzia (Sophia Loren) who is a socialite trying to get away from her overprotective father. Initially there is no romance between the two, and in addition, his kids are less than thrilled when she is hired to work as nanny. Things get rocky but soon all ends well when they feel that they need each other. Parts of this movie were filmed on the Potomac River and Piscataway Creek at Fort Washington marina. This is an excellent family movie, which I recommend very highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic feel-good movie., 9 Sep 2003
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Mr. Naveed H. Siddiqui (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
The glamourous Sophia Loren, the on-screen chemistry and the feel-good factor all combined make this a classic must have.
A little thin on the plot but other factors compensate.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time best, 10 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
I love this film. The chemistry between the beautiful Sophia Loren and the dashing Cary Grant is entralling. The songs are sweet and the conversation between Cary and his son sticks with you. The relationships build gently and with humour and the pompous country club set are dealt a suitable blow by Sophia. This is a great film
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy there Cary and Sophia., 20 Oct 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
Houseboat is directed by Melville Shavelson who also co-writes the screenplay with Jack Rose. It stars Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert, Harry Guardino and Mimi Gibson. A Vista Vision production in Technicolor, music is by George Duning and cinematography by Ray June.

Widower Tom Winters (Grant) is reunited with his three estranged young children and finds they don't particularly think too highly of him. Struggling to pay them due care and attention and commit to his work, salvation may come in the guise of Cinzia Zaccardi (Loren), the daughter of a famous Italian conductor whose firm hand at parenting has led to Cinzia running away. Even though she has no discernible skills for the job, Tom hires Cinzia to be the maid to the Winters family, which once they wind up living on a rickety houseboat, has life affirming consequences for all of them.

Family drama, a romantic comedy, a 54 year old Cary Grant as the romantic lead opposite a 24 year old Sophia Loren as the prime love interest. Behind the scenes sparks as Grant yearns deeply to be Loren's better half, to which she responds by marrying Carlo Ponti, while Grant's then wife, Betsy Drake, gets passed over for the role given to Loren in a film based on an original script that she wrote herself! All that and the film leans heavily on three moppet characters. Had to be a miserable failure, surely?

Thankfully no. Houseboat is an utterly delightful picture, a throwback to time when Hollywood knew how to produce charming family friendly movies. Propelled by Grant, the man who could find chemistry with a door, the pic may not hold any surprise with its outcome, but the comedy is strong throughout and the family values inherent are rich with their story telling rewards. There's the odd musical interlude to tap your feet along with as well.

With Grant showing more comic ability with just facial expressions than many of today's comedy actors can provide in an hour of film, Houseboat is very much essential viewing for the Grant purists. True, Loren is hardly providing any acting gravitas here, but by the time she wanders into view looking absolutely knockout in a gold dress, nothing else really matters! Bonus, too, is the child actors, wonderfully directed by Shavelson, there's no irritants here, just honest and engaging reactions to scenes and scripting that stop the formula becoming stagnant, while Guardino shines bright as a commitment phobic lothario.

Delightfully warm as a rom-com, but not ignorant to the trials and tribulations of a family coming to terms with a big change, Houseboat is always on safe entertainment waters. 7.5/10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Houseboat, 28 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Houseboat [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a lovely lighthearted film that I watched with my three children. Curl up on the sofa on a Sunday with a box of chocolates and spend time with the kids. We all enjoyed the film and my children have watched it four more times without me. It's great that there are films out there with no swearing etc. in them. It was fine for all of us, from age 3 to 34.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 30 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
As for the previous DVD, Houseboat with Sophia Loren and Cary Grant was again something I saw years ago and enjoyed and wished to see again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film to curl up on the sofa with coffee & chocolate!, 18 Nov 2009
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I loved this film. It's a real rainy day, feel good film. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Cary Grant's best, 25 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Houseboat [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
I enjoyed this film, though I wasn't fully convinced by it. Made the year before 'North by Northwest', it was one of Cary Grant's attempts to move into a slightly older role, playing a father of three. This attempt wasn't surprising, since he was 54 and trying to find a way forward when he could no longer quite believe in himself as a romantic hero. The story is an amusing one, in which Grant plays Tom, a father trying to make a home for his three children on a houseboat, having removed them from the prosperous world they knew before the death of their mother. He meets Sophia Loren's character, Cinzia, a runaway heiress, and employs her as a maid. She can't cook or clean (bit of a disadvantage for a maid) but she does begin to improve family life for Tom's troubled family. However, other people misunderstand her reason for living with Tom.
Cary Grant could not deliver a line badly and Sophia Loren looked wonderful. There was understandable chemistry between these two beautiful people, and they had had an affair previously; their pairing in the film reflected this attraction. It wasn't the ideal vehicle for Loren, though; she did not get the chance to smoulder enough and she doesn't carry that much conviction as a motherly type. The film is entertaining, with that fifties touch of glamour and sophistication, and both stars are a sight for sore eyes. However, 'North By Northwest', made the following year, was a much better vehicle for Cary Grant, showing that he was still every inch the sophisticated heart throb.
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