6.7/10
6,250
35 user 19 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Capt. Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson ...
Elizabeth Winters
...
...
...
Mrs. Farnsworth
...
Mr. William Farnsworth
...
Harold Messner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peggy Connelly ...
Elizabeth Wilson (scenes deleted)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 November 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hausboot  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cary Grant--who was 54--plays the beleaguered father of three children. In reality, Grant wouldn't have his first child until eight years later, at the age of 62. See more »

Goofs

When Tom comes outside after hurriedly dressing to discover the houseboat has broken loose, his shirt is unbuttoned to his waist. In the following shot a split-second later his shirt is completely buttoned all the way up to his collar. See more »

Quotes

Tom Winters: [after punishing his son] Well, now where were we?
Cinzia Zaccardi: [She turns on the spray paint and sprays him in the face on purpose] Oops.
Tom Winters: Thank you, Michelangelo. Thank you.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in A-Major op. 90 (Italian Symphony)
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cozy romp with some surprising emotional resonance
31 December 2004 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

At first glance, "Houseboat" looks like the worst type of sitcom: stern father gets saddled with his estranged children, later hiring a governess who is really a runaway from high society. Saccharin-prone viewers might bail early, but give it time. Cary Grant plays the dad with an amusing mixture of concern, consternation and suspicion; he enjoys a good time, but he goads his kids into being more than what he sees, and when his son pushes back it seems an exceptionally realistic reaction. As for Sophia Loren, basking in her movie-star close-ups, she takes a cartoonish character (which is written like a cynical refugee from "Roman Holiday") and gives the lady a big heart. Her bonding with the children (and with Grant) is a treat, and while I wasn't quite convinced it would all work out happily, I was genuinely entertained. A surprising jewel. *** from ****


23 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page