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The Seven Little Foys (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1955 (UK)
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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Tommy Duran ...
Irving 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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James Cagney won an Oscar for playing Broadway producer George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). 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. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Foy: What do you need friends for?... you've got all the friends and enemies you need right here in the family.
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Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
Sung by Lydia Reed and Linda Bennett
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'...as far as the audiences knew, we were one big, happy family...'
26 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

'I love him when he's angry...and he's angry all the time'--Mrs. Foy in "The Seven Little Foys" I had a hard time with this movie. And, as I read through the reviews, I was actually rather surprised that more reviewers weren't appalled by the leading character. Kentrasmussen noticed this but most of the rest of the reviews never really get to the problem I had with the film--that the main character seemed about as unlikable as possible. It's a shame, as there are things to like about the film--but without a lead who is likable, there really isn't much reason to see this one.

The film purports to being the story of Eddie Foy and his children--who, collectively, were known as 'Eddie Foy and His Seven Little Foys' on stage. How close Bob Hope's portrayal of Foy's personality is the real Foy, I have no idea. But, as I said above, if this is the real Foy, he wasn't a particularly nice or likable guy. No,...he's a jerk.

When the film begins, Foy's been on the vaudeville circuit for some time. What the film never mentions is that he had already been married and this wife died. And, for a decade, he apparently had a common law relationship with another woman who also died. The film instead picks up much later--just before his second marriage. At this time, Foy is a self-absorbed guy who met his future wife but has zero interest in marrying her. He only does so later in order to get to go to Broadway--a very strange reason to marry someone. Over the course of the next 20-odd years (it seemed like far less in the movie), Foy leaves his ever-pregnant wife at home while he travels the country performing on stage and becoming famous. According to the movie, he is almost never home and is, at best, a very distant father. Despite saying several times in the film that he doesn't like or want kids, the couple has seven kids. However, the wife dies and Foy decides to incorporate the kids into his act--otherwise he's either stuck at home with them (God forbid) or will be forced to give them to someone else. During this time on the road with his kids, he continues to be rather distant from his kids. Eventually there is a schmaltzy ending which seems to come out of no where--as he had been thoroughly horrible as a father.

The plot sucked. I'll be honest. However, Bob Hope surprised me in this one. While I didn't care for his comedy (Foy was a dancer/comedian), I was impressed by his dancing. While not exactly Fred Astaire, it was quite good. And, the production values in the film were quite nice. I am just surprised that they either did just make Foy nice (as Hollywood OFTEN made creeps seem nice in the old days) or make an entirely fictional story with a nicer and more sympathetic leading character. Flawed but mildly interesting.


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