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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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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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Blanche Sweet's last feature film.
The exaggerated tango Danny Kaye did with the blonde Charleston dancer (Lizanne Truex) in the nightclub scene was not scripted. The rehearsals only called for her to do the Charleston, then flit offstage. During one of them Danny suddenly grabbed her and began hamming it up, with Lizanne quickly ad-libbing. Director Melville Shavelson liked it and added it to the routine.
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.
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