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Houseboat (1958)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 19 November 1958 (USA)
A widower, his three young kids 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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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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Cary and Sophia...in love with life, each other, and Cary's irresistible, irrepressible kids! See more »


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Carlo Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia Loren by proxy, while she was in Hollywood, filming Houseboat (1958) - and dating co-star Cary Grant (17 September 1957). See more »

Goofs

When driving in the open convertible there is no wind in their faces, hair or clothes. 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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Remade as Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) See more »

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Love Song from Houseboat (Almost in Your Arms)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Sam Cooke
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Bring Houseboat to your house, romcom fans; its an oldie and goodie
7 April 2015 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Tom Winters (Cary Grant) is a very busy lawyer in DC. Divorced, he rarely sees his three beautiful children, David (Paul Petersen), Elizabeth and Robert. Yet, a fateful day arrives. His ex-wife passes away and he is suddenly in charge of the trio of kids. He is out of his element and the kiddies don't like bunking with a virtual stranger, either. Also, the three siblings are used to living in rural Virginia and don't appreciate the "sights" of the big city that Dad tries to show them. Unbelievably, Tom takes his family to a stuffy concert near the Washington Monument. Robert turns up missing but is rescued by a beautiful lady, Cinzie (Sophia Loren). This single woman is running away from the demands of her father, a famous conductor. Very quickly, changes arrive. Cinzia is hired as the housekeeper, although she can't cook or clean. She obviously loves to care for children, though. Then, Tom decides to move to the country and commute to DC and ends up installing the kids in an old Houseboat. Will this really work? Tom and Cinzie are going to be in very "close" quarters! Also, David is still mourning the death of his mother and may need special attention. Can Tom give it? Well, Cinzie is there to help, right? This darling romantic comedy from the late fifties is quite charming. Grant is always a delight and Loren is beyond alluring and lovely while also showing a comic tough. (Just an observation, Loren and Penelope Cruz look very much alike!). Peterson and the other two child actors do a nice job as well, as does all of the other supporting players. Then, the setting of a houseboat in rural Virginie is fun and scenic while costumes, script and lively direction help move the movie along well. Do bring Houseboat to your house soon. Despite its date of release, its story and issues are timeless.


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