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Houseboat (1958)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 19 November 1958 (USA)
A widower, his three young children, and a bombshell nanny get to know each other better when circumstances have them living together aboard a badly neglected houseboat.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Mr. William Farnsworth
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Harold Messner
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Elizabeth Wilson (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Tom Winters, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. He gets a little unexpected help from Cinzia, when the children decide she is be the new maid. She is actually an Italian socialite who is trying to get away from her overprotective father. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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It All Happens Happily on a Heaven of a Houseboat! See more »


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19 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

In the version of the film which is dubbed in French, a mischievous translator has replaced "Cinzia" by "Gina". For those who remember the rivalry between Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren, the two most beautiful Italian actresses of the fifties, - a rivalry known by any and all schoolchildren on earth at the time -, to watch Sophia as "Gina" is great fun. See more »

Goofs

Tom's apartment is in Washington, D.C., but when he's shown driving his kids to the concert at the Watergate, he approaches the area from the Virginia side of the Memorial Bridge, the opposite direction from which he should logically have been coming. See more »

Quotes

Robert Winters: That's you, Sir.
Tom Winters: Who, Sir? Me, Sir?
Cinzia Zaccardi: Yes, Sir. You, Sir.
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Connections

Referenced in Tatort: Frau Bu lacht (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Song from Houseboat (Almost in Your Arms)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Sam Cooke
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"The sound of music" in miniature.
28 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Almost a decade before Robert Wise's blockbuster,this fairly entertaining little comedy had almost everything that was brought to epic proportions in the sixties:a widower(Grant)with three "charming" children -"sound of music is an improvement on it for that with seven brats-,a chic lady(Hyers) who is the equivalent of the baroness and an Italian Cinderella(Loren)-complete with magnificent dress and ball- who's hired by Grant to take care of his offspring.And Sophia Loren does sing,and her voice is so nice that the children do backing vocals.Like Julie Andrews.

Will Grant marry his strait-laced sister-in-law?Will he fall for Sophia's mediterranean charms?You will have to see this movie for that. Most of the story happens on a revamped "houseboat" .Hence the title.


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