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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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Complete credited cast:
Madeleine Morando Foy
Barney Green
Angela Clarke ...
Clara Morando
Richard Shannon ...
Stage Manager
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
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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Release Date:

1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mis siete hijos  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Featured in Bob Hope at 100 (2003) See more »


Yankee Doodle Dandy
Written by George M. Cohan
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The Foys Are Hopeful
25 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Interesting that the generally considered high point of Bob Hope's career has him essaying roles of famous celebrities of the past. Hope played Jimmy Walker, the mayor of New York during prohibition and the famous vaudevillian Eddie Foy who as we learned in Yankee Doodle Dandy gave his country seven children. Hope acquits himself well and you almost, but not quite forget that you are watching Bob Hope.

Eddie Foy (1855-1928) was one of the most celebrated acts of vaudeville in the golden age of vaudeville in the 19th century. Completely eliminated from the story are his first two wives, both of whom died and a fourth wife whom he married after the action of this story is over. Milly Vitale and her sister Angela Clarke however were quite real.

Eddie Foy, Jr. partially made a career of playing his celebrated father in many films, on stage, and in television. He did such a good job of bringing him to life, that whoever played Foy if his name wasn't Foy was going to be hypercritically judged. It's a great credit to Bob Hope that the public accepted him in the part with no reservations.

The story is familiar enough material, widower raising a large brood of children with the usual problems without mother in the picture. It just so happens that this family was in show business, a lot like the Cohan family so shown in Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Eddie Foy, Jr. played his dad in Yankee Doodle Dandy in that one celebrated exchange of one liners with James Cagney right before the You're A Grand Old Flag number. The highlight of this film is Cagney reprising his role as Cohan and doing a soft shoe routine at a Friar's Club dinner with Hope. Both Cagney and Hope did their turns in vaudeville before they were names and there was no need of any character preparation for their parts. The dance routine yes, but the acting no.

The Seven Little Foys is a heartwarming family film, a bit more serious than the usual Bob Hope fare, but still charming and entertaining.

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