The Seven Little Foys Overview:

The Seven Little Foys (1955) was a Biographical - Comedy Film directed by Melville Shavelson and produced by Jack Rose.


In a valentine to vaudeville days, Hope plays Eddie Foy, the real-life patriarch of The Singing and Dancing Foys. Though he always worked alone, without their mother to care for them, Hope has to work the kids into the act. Hope is comfortable in the scenes that play onstage, however, following the death of Mrs. Foy (Vitale), this biopic veers toward a ragtime dysfunctional-family soaper. In a cameo appearance, Cagney reprises his famous role as George M. Cohan, as he and Hope do a fantastic dance routine to "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

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Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingMelville Shavelson, Jack RoseNominated

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Musical Monday: The Seven Little Foys (1955)

on Feb 9, 2015 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 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?The Seven Little Foys? ?Mus... Read full article

Cagney as Cohan in The Seven Little Foys

By Emily on Jun 3, 2013 From The Vintage Cameo

I was trying to think of a new category of posts to write about, since that helps to keep me in line, and it took me an embarrassingly long time to put together the fact that I’ve named my film blogging site The Vintage Cameo and that maybe, hmm, I don’t know, I can perhaps highlight som... Read full article

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Quotes from

Eddie Foy: Anybody in New Rochelle would be happy to leave New Rochelle.

Eddie Foy: What do you need friends for?... you've got all the friends and enemies you need right here in the family.

Clara Morando: Signor Foy, we are going to have a baby.
Madeleine Morando Foy: I wanted to tell you, Eddie, but Clara said to wait.
Barney Green: If you're interested, it happened in Capri.
Eddie Foy: ...Oh, well, thank you. Thank you, one and all. It is nice of you to let me im on it. There any other late bulletins?
[to Clara]
Eddie Foy: You seem to know everything! What's it gonna be - a boy or a girl?
Clara Morando: It will be an Italian!
Eddie Foy: It's one thing we're getting through customs!

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Facts about

This film and Beau James are the two serious dramas that Bob Hope starred in.
James Cagney won an Oscar for playing Broadway producer George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He agreed to play Cohan again in this film on condition that he would not be paid for the role. He did the role as a tribute to Eddie Foy, who had generously provided occasional meals for struggling young actors, including Cagney, in 1920s New York.
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