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The Five Pennies (1959) was a Musical - Drama Film directed by Melville Shavelson and produced by Jack Rose.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

Best CinematographyDaniel L. FappNominated
Best Costume DesignEdith HeadNominated
Best Music - ScoringLeith StevensNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Sylvia FineNominated

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Musical Monday: The Five Pennies (1959)

on Jan 10, 2022 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: The Five Pennies (1959) ? Mu... Read full article

THE BIOPIC BLOGATHON: The Five Pennies, 1959

on Sep 30, 2021 From Caftan Woman

The Biopic Blogathon is hosted by Dr. Annette Bochenek's Hometowns to Hollywood. Begin your journey through interesting life stories by clicking HERE. Dena Productions, named for Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine's daughter, was formed in 1953 and saw the release of the movies Knock on Wood, 1954, The Five... Read full article

The Five Pennies (1959)

By Beatrice on Nov 6, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Five Pennies Directed by Melville Shavelson Written by Jack Rose and Melville Shavelson; story by Robert Smith 1959/USA Dena Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant This is a solid little biopic. ?The fabulous jazz takes it up a notch. It is the Roaring Twenties. Loring ‘Red’ Nic... Read full article

The Five Pennies (1959)

on Jan 16, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

The Five Pennies conjures up comparisons to similar musical biopics such as Night and Day or Young Man With a Horn; the latter, especially, due to its emphasis on horns.? I enjoyed this far more than the previous two entries, but The Five Pennies suffers from the same issues plaguing all musical bio... Read full article

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Keep an eye out for a cameo by Bob Hope and the crack Danny Kaye makes about him, as he, Barbara Bel Geddes and a very young Tuesday Weld wait to get into the Brown Derby restaurant.
Blanche Sweet's last feature film.
While Danny Kaye worked hard to be able to accurately fake playing cornet, it was the real Red Nichols who provided all of the cornet playing for Kaye in this movie.
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