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The Five Pennies

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6.2
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Original title
The Five Pennies
Year
Running time
117 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose (Novel: Robert Smith)
Music
Leith Stevens
Cinematography
Daniel L. Fapp
Cast
Producer
Paramount Pictures, Dena Productions
Genre
Drama. Musical | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise's band, but quits to pursue his dream of playing Dixieland jazz. He forms the "Five Pennies" which features his wife, Bobbie, as vocalist. At the peak of his fame, Red and Bobbie's daughter, Dorothy, develops polio. Red quits the music business to move to Los Angeles where the climate is better for Dorothy. As Dorothy becomes a young teen, she learns of her father's musical past, and he is persuaded to open a small nightclub which is failing until some noted names from his past come to help out.
Awards
1959: 4 Nominations for Oscar: Cinematography color, Costume Design color, Song, OST (Musical)
1959: Golden Globes: Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Weld). 2 Nominations
1959: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Musical Screenplay
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