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Houseboat (1958)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 11 January 1959 (Japan)
A widower, his three young children, and a bombshell nanny get to know each other better when circumstances have them living together aboard a badly neglected houseboat.

Director:

Melville Shavelson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Tom Winters
Sophia Loren ... Cinzia Zaccardi
Martha Hyer ... Carolyn Gibson
Harry Guardino ... Angelo Donatello
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Arturo Zaccardi
Murray Hamilton ... Capt. Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson ... Elizabeth Winters
Paul Petersen ... David Winters
Charles Herbert ... Robert Winters
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Farnsworth
John Litel ... Mr. William Farnsworth
Werner Klemperer ... Harold Messner
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Storyline

Tom Winters, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. He gets a little unexpected help from Cinzia, when the children decide she is be the new maid. She is actually an Italian socialite who is trying to get away from her overprotective father. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Cary and Sophia...in love with life, each other, and Cary's irresistible, irrepressible kids! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 January 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hausboot See more »

Filming Locations:

Piscataway Creek, Maryland, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Grant--who was 54--plays the beleaguered father of three children. In reality, Grant wouldn't have his first child until eight years later, at the age of 62. See more »

Goofs

During Cinzia's first visit to Tom's apartment, at one point he is adjusting the sofa bed; as the two converse the camera moves closer to them and the shadow of the moving camera can be seen on Cinzia's dress. See more »

Quotes

Robert Winters: Who, Sir? Me, Sir?
Tom Winters: Yes, Sir. You, Sir.
Robert Winters: No, sir. Not I, Sir.
Tom Winters: Who then, sir?
[Same exact exchange occurs later but between David and Tom]
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Featured in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Song from Houseboat (Almost in Your Arms)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Sam Cooke
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"The sound of music" in miniature.
28 August 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Almost a decade before Robert Wise's blockbuster,this fairly entertaining little comedy had almost everything that was brought to epic proportions in the sixties:a widower(Grant)with three "charming" children -"sound of music is an improvement on it for that with seven brats-,a chic lady(Hyers) who is the equivalent of the baroness and an Italian Cinderella(Loren)-complete with magnificent dress and ball- who's hired by Grant to take care of his offspring.And Sophia Loren does sing,and her voice is so nice that the children do backing vocals.Like Julie Andrews.

Will Grant marry his strait-laced sister-in-law?Will he fall for Sophia's mediterranean charms?You will have to see this movie for that. Most of the story happens on a revamped "houseboat" .Hence the title.


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