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The Seven Little Foys (1955)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  1955 (UK)
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After the young wife of vaudevillian Eddie Foy passes away, he incorporates their seven children into the act and takes it on the road.

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Milly Vitale ...
Madeleine Morando Foy
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Barney Green
Angela Clarke ...
Clara Morando
Herbert Heyes ...
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Richard Shannon ...
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Billy Gray ...
Bryan Lincoln Foy, as a teen
Lee Erickson ...
Charley Foy
Paul De Rolf ...
Richard Foy
Lydia Reed ...
Mary Foy
Linda Bennett ...
Madeleine Foy
Jimmy Baird ...
Eddie Foy Jr.
Tommy Duran ...
Irving Foy
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Charley Foy ...
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Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine. While they continue to tour the circuit, they begin a family and before long have seven little Foys to clutter the wings. After tragedy threatens to stall Eddie's career, he comes to realize that his little terrors are worth their weight in gold. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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The story of a husband who didn't have time to come home! Daddy couldn't get home, so the kids all trouped down to Broadway and got into the act. The incredible, incomparable story of America's most fabulous family!


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This film and Beau James (1957) are the two serious dramas that Bob Hope starred in. See more »

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Madeleine Morando Foy: I love him when he gets angry. And he gets angry all the time. How many women can love their husband all the time?
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Mary's a Grand Old Name
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THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (Melville Shavelson, 1955) ***
17 December 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is underrated as both a Bob Hope vehicle and a musical biopic: even if it follows the basic path of all such films (the struggle to achieve success followed by the pitfalls of celebrity, not forgetting the obligatory romance and the equally inevitable tragedy), it's very capably mounted – with the script even garnering an Oscar nomination. The star is in very fine form here, balancing characterization with his traditional banter; Milly Vitale is radiant as his wife who bears him seven children and then dies. Since Foy's only ever known showbiz, he opts to drag them all into his act! Incidentally, one of the kids (Bryan) grew up to be a film-maker himself but was mainly noted as a producer with a penchant for the noir genre!

Even so, THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS is perhaps best-known for a guest appearance by James Cagney, reprising his Oscar-winning role of George M. Cohan from YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) – where, incidentally, Foy was portrayed by his real life son, Eddie Jr; interestingly, George Tobias played Cohan's manager in that earlier film and Foy's here! Anyway, Hope and Cagney's one scene together – which culminates in a dancing duel/duet – is not merely the picture's undeniable highlight but pure cinema magic in and of itself where two top movie stars incarnate a couple of great vaudevillians strutting their stuff. As with a handful of other Hope titles I own, the film has unaccountably fallen into the Public Domain despite being a major studio production, but the copy I acquired thankfully maintains remarkably vibrant colors throughout.


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