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Director:
Writers:
Melville Shavelson (written for the screen by) and
Jack Rose (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
30 September 1955 (Finland) See more »
Tagline:
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!
Plot:
After the young wife of vaudevillian Eddie Foy passes away, he incorporates their seven children into the act and takes it on the road. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(3 articles)
User Reviews:
The Foys Are Hopeful See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Eddie Foy
Milly Vitale ... Madeleine Morando Foy

George Tobias ... Barney Green
Angela Clarke ... Clara Morando
Herbert Heyes ... Judge
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

James Cagney ... George M. Cohan
Charley Foy ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hy Anzell ... Dresser at 'Iroquois' (uncredited)
Joe Bassett ... Grip (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
George Boyce ... Elephant Act (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Godfather (uncredited)
Marian Carr ... Chorine (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Stage Doorman at 'Iroquois' (uncredited)
Jerry Chiat ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Stage Doorman in 1898 Chicago (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Harrison (uncredited)
Noel Drayton ... Priest (uncredited)
Joe Evans ... Elephant Act (uncredited)
Gilbert Fallman ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Joe Flynn ... Priest (uncredited)
Milton Frome ... Driscoll (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Tutor (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Guest at Honorary Dinner (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Assistant Episcopal Minister (uncredited)
Duke Johnson ... Specialty Juggler (uncredited)
Richard Keene ... Grip (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Stagehand at Iroquois Theatre (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Baggage Car Attendant (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Friars Club Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Lewis Martin ... Episcopal Minister (uncredited)

Jerry Mathers ... Bryan Lincoln Foy - Age 5 (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Father O'Casey (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Audience Spectator (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Friars Club Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Billy Nelson ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Theater Manager (uncredited)
Angi O. Poulos ... Billiard Parlor Proprietor (uncredited)
Max Power ... Conductor (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ... Stage Hand (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Friars Club Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Edward C. Short ... Porter (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Friars Club Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Betty Uitti ... Dance Double (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ... Ballerina Mistress in Milan (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Acrobat (uncredited)

Directed by
Melville Shavelson 
 
Writing credits
Melville Shavelson (written for the screen by) and
Jack Rose (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Jack Rose .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley (music scored by: featuring the songs sung by Eddie Foy)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy  (as Frank McKelvy)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director
James A. Rosenberger .... assistant director (as James Rosenberger)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (remastered version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Rand .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Monroe W. Burbank .... Technicolor color consultant
 
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... conductor
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... choreographer
Charley Foy .... technical advisor
Hal C. Kern .... production associate
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17278) | West Germany:6 (nf)

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Trivia:
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:
Clara Morando:Signor Foy, we are going to have a baby.
Madeleine Morando Foy:I wanted to tell you, Eddie, but Clara said to wait.
Barney Green:If you're interested, it happened in Capri.
Eddie Foy:...Oh, well, thank you. Thank you, one and all. It is nice of you to let me im on it. There any other late bulletins?
[to Clara]
Eddie Foy:You seem to know everything! What's it gonna be - a boy or a girl?
Clara Morando:It will be an Italian!
Eddie Foy:It's one thing we're getting through customs!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Legends of the West (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Irish WasherwomanSee more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Foys Are Hopeful, 25 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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