MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,331 this week

Houseboat (1958)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 4,687 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 16 critic

Tom Winston, 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... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 30 Sep 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Houseboat (1958)

Houseboat (1958) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Houseboat.
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Abby McClure, a widow with three sons, and Jake Iverson, a widower with a teen-age daughter, get fixed up. They start dating and decide to get married. They're not prepared for the hostile ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Morris
Stars: Doris Day, Brian Keith, Pat Carroll
My Girl (1991)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just... See full summary »

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
Marley & Me (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright deals with having to raise his son, his stepdaughters, and his stepsons.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Al Pacino, Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld
Big (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.

Director: Penny Marshall
Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning
Sabrina (1954)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur. But it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
Roman Holiday (1953)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A recently-widowed man's son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Carolyn Gibson
...
Angelo Donatello
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Arturo Zaccardi
...
Capt. Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson ...
...
Charles Herbert ...
Madge Kennedy ...
Mrs. Farnsworth
...
Mr. William Farnsworth
...
Harold Messner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peggy Connelly ...
Elizabeth Wilson (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

Tom Winston, 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

Plot Keywords:

maid | widower | single father | love | fishing | See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 November 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Houseboat  »

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

Original screenplay was written by Betsy Drake, Cary Grant's wife. Grant originally wanted it to star her but his extra-marital affair with Sophia Loren complicated the project. Drake's script was drastically re-written by two other writers to accommodate Loren and bears little resemblance to Drake's concept. See more »

Goofs

When the house is stuck on the railroad track, we first hear the whistle of an approaching steam engine; when the train actually arrives and crashes through the house, however, it is a diesel engine. See more »

Quotes

Robert Winters: That's you Sir.
Tom: Who Sir? Me Sir?
Robert Winters: Yes Sir, you Sir.
See more »

Connections

Remade as Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) 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

 
"Hesto, Presto, One of Cary's Very Besto"
13 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cary Grant, prominent diplomat and widower, is trying to get acquainted again with his three kids, Paul Petersen, Mimi Gibson, and Charles Herbert. He's also got a sister-in-law, Martha Hyer, crushing out on him big time.

But after the youngest kid, Herbert, wanders away after a concert, he meets Sophia Loren who is also running away from her conductor father, Eduardo Ciannelli. They are soul mates Herbert and Loren and before long she's moved in on the Grant family.

Which is forced by circumstance I won't reveal to live on a houseboat in the woods in Maryland. The Houseboat and its many problems lend itself to a whole lot of physical problems and one rather dramatic one, when one of the kids nearly drowns. Cary gets a lot of good mileage out of the comedy.

This was Cary and Sophia's second film together and it was one big improvement on the overblown Pride and the Passion. No doubt that the two of them were still involved from The Pride and the Passion lends a lot of truth in the scenes Grant and Loren play together.

Also look for a nice performance by Harry Guardino who's the one who is responsible for the group being on the Houseboat.

Houseboat is a nice family comedy and hasn't aged a bit from the Fifties when it was made.


13 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not very good dvbar1
The song that Sophia sings smileyjenny
Houseboat condition hawkeye_74
Background Song in HOUSEBOAT MSCOTLASS
Remake JuniusLord
Peggy Connelly? nlathy
Discuss Houseboat (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?