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The Five Pennies (1959) starring Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong

The Five Pennies

Editorial review of The Five Pennies (1959) starring Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, courtesy of‚ Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com The Five Pennies, starring Danny KayeDanny Kaye‚ shows off his keen musical sense in the lead role of‚ The Five Pennies, the life story of cornet master Red Nichols–or at least the Hollywood version of Nichols’ life. The movie gets off to a kicky start as Nichols joins a big-city band, meets his future wife (Barbara Bel Geddes), and sits in on a speakeasy session with‚ Louis Armstrong. Armstrong’s in the movie a lot, and there are smaller roles for other musical names such as‚ Bob Crosby‚ and‚ Ray Anthony. The tunes include a batch of standards but also‚ new songs written by Sylvia Fine, Danny Kaye’s wife and the creator of his signature wordplay routines. (more…)

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