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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)
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Hope's quest and Cagney's sequel and a tragic scene not lost 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)
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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:
This film and Beau James (1957) are the two serious dramas that Bob Hope starred in.See more »
Quotes:
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?See more »
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I'm the Greatest Father Of Them AllSee more »

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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Hope's quest and Cagney's sequel and a tragic scene not lost, 28 June 2004
Author: theowinthrop from United States

This film precedes BEAU JAMES by two years, and can be seen as a kind of warm-up for that Hope biography. As I mentioned in my comment there, Hope was hoping to find a film property that he could demonstrate his dramatic abilities in, so that he could possibly get a nod for an Oscar nomination. So the two biographies and the serious toned THAT CERTAIN FEELING have a certain individuality among Hope's comedies and films missing in the others.

Eddie Foy Sr. was one of the great comics of his era. His career was actually older than that of his friend and rival George M. Cohan, for Cohan was born in 1872 and Foy was already a travelling vaudevillian at that time. In fact he would be involved in a famous western event in 1881. Playing shows in Tombstone, in the Arizona territory, Foy came afoul of Ike Clanton and his gang, and was almost killed by them while on stage. The incident is suggested in John Ford's MY DARLING CLEMENTINE when Alan Mowbray (as a windy Victorian actor) is threatened by the Clantons. In the film GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRALL, the local Tombstone theatre has posters up for Foy's performance. However the director of that Paramount film did not think of having Hope perform a cameo in the Lancaster-Douglas film as Foy.

THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS follows Foys personal life, and how he allows his professional interests (tours, bookings) to keep him from the woman he loved and married - and whom he loses when she prematurely dies while he is on tour. His sister-in-law (the wife and her sister are Italians) has never liked Foy. The death of the wife leaves Foy with his seven kids, but his sister-in-law wants him to give up his career, and watch the kids grow up. He doesn't want to do so, so he decides to put the kids into his act. The problem: the kids can't act, sing, or dance like their old man can. Still he perserveres, and the act becomes a success because of it's very awfulness (it's so comically bad, it's good). But the sister-in-law tries to take the kids away from Foy by legal means, leading to a court scene.

Cagney appears as Cohan at a Friar's Club roast for Foy (their entertainer of the year). The four minute scene includes a graceful soft shoe involving the two troupers Cagney and Hope. It is a wonderful moment in the film. And the film, as a dramatic comedy, does hold up well. Given time, perhaps Hope could have found a suitable film for an Oscar nomination, but he was a busy man, and he did not have the time.

One final point. This month was the centennial for the burning of the steamboat GENERAL SLOCUM, the worst disaster in the history of New York City before September 11, 2001. The SLOCUM killed 1031 people by burning or drowning. It got into movie history at the start of the film MANHATTAN MELODRAMA (best recalled for the first pairing of William Powell and Myrna Loy, and for the fact that John Dillinger was shot down by FBI men after leaving his secret location to see Myrna Loy's performance). The SLOCUM sequence is grisly well done in that 1934 film. But seven months before the SLOCUM Disaster, the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago killed six hundred people. It was the worst theatre fire in American history. Eddie Foy Sr. was playing in MR. BLUEBEARD in the theatre that day, and helped rescue many or the audience by calming them down. Although not much of the disaster is shown, it does appear (the only time I am aware of that it appears at all) in this film, THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS.

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