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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Seven Little Foys [1955] [DVD]
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on 20 December 2005
This is the story of Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys and their path to Broadway fame. The film is a child of its time - a piece of pure escapism. Many of the biographical details have been tweeked to make the story flow but who cares? With Bob Hope in the movie you dont expect realism. A highlight of the film is Jimmy Cagney reprising his role as George M Cohan and tapdancing and then performing a soft shoe shuffle with Bob Hope. Hope is good in this film. One of the rare occassions he is acting and not just being Bob Hope. For pure entertainment this should not be missed.
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VINE VOICEon 22 January 2004
This is one of Bob Hope's best movies despite, or perhaps because,it is not an out and out comedy.
Hope portrays the vaudevillian Eddie Foy,a major star of the American stage in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.Although the film glosses over perhaps the worst realities of Foy's character it nevertheless does show him in a less than flattering light and is something of a departure from your average Hollywood bio-pic of the time.Foy was a Broadway star when his wife died and had known only the rather selfish life of a performer when he was forced to be a real father to his seven children,a role the script,and Hope,make plain he was not naturally suited to.
Hope portrays Foy as a cynical,hard drinking,comedy hoofer,who was career-minded to the point of obsession,a description that,hard drinking aside,might also apply to Hope himself. The film follows Foy from his early days in vaudeville,through romance and marriage,stage tours of the Wild West,the death of his wife;his third,although this is not mentioned in the film,and the recruitment of his seven children into his his stageshow.His solo act,though amusing, is so dated as to seem almost bizarre,but the routines with his children are terrific and could easily be performed onstage today.A particular highpoint is when Hope is joined by James Cagney,who reprises his role as George M. Cohan,in a spirited rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandy that they actually both look like they are enjoying.
Despite the,at times,serious nature of the film,it is after all essentially about a man whose wife dies,Foy,like Hope, was a comedian and there are plenty of jokes and pratfalls to enjoy along with the song and dance numbers.The acting is very good all round, especially from Bob Hope,who manages to make Foy appear lovable despite playing him to some extent warts and all.The sets are most colourful and the musical items catchy and amusing,which help the picture deftly move between comedy and tragedy.
All in all there is not much wrong with this film and it is a shame that the UK has had to wait 'til after Hope's death before it's release here on dvd.
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on 20 October 2013
this will appeal to bob hope fans, james cagney fans and those who enjoy good clean entertainment..if you only think comedy is hilarious with bad language and nudity content then do not buy this. for the more civilized among the many of us this is a great film with superb acting and music, not to mention the fantastic song and dance routing by messrs hope & cagney which has gone down in the annuls of greatness
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on 5 August 2010
This film shows a different side to Bob Hope, less sypathetic than usual, with at times a quite uncaring attitude to his screen family. Neverthless, a good film that gives a glimpse back into the world of vauderville.
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on 2 July 2014
Not the usual Bob Hope type of film, here he plays it straight, and does a good job, he does a dance routine with James Cagney, reprising his role of George M Cohan who he portrays in the film Yankee Doodle Dandy.
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on 29 October 2009
fast service , excellent item and condition..
the film is a good one..light hearted and full of songs
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on 22 April 2016
Nostalgic dvd. Great!
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on 11 September 2015
wish I could rate it.but it would,nt play on my dvd player and had to send it back,still awaiting refund from supplier .
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