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



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Complete credited cast:
Mimi Gibson ...
Charles Herbert ...
Mr. William Farnsworth
Harold Messner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peggy Connelly ...
Elizabeth Wilson (scenes deleted)


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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19 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Hausboot  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Loren performs a novelty song in the movie 'Bing! Bang! Bong!'. In 2015 her version of the song was used in a heavily rotated UK TV commercial for Twinnings teas. See more »


When driving in the open convertible there is no wind in their faces, hair or clothes. See more »


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.
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Remade as Priyam (2000) See more »


Love Song from Houseboat (Almost in Your Arms)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Sam Cooke
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Very cute romantic comedy of the 50's.
4 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those who still have the hopeless romantic side to them still kindling, and for those who are not totally cynical about predictable outcomes, Houseboat is decent fun. Cary Grant repeating his romantic comedy work for the umpteenth time, works well with the ravishing and radiant Sophia Loren. Given they were thirty years apart, Grant and Loren were in a pretty heavy romance off screen at this time. Their chemistry is evident and it shows well here. Harry Gaurdino has a good and humorous supporting role. It cracks me up when movies of the 50's portrayed Italian women as fiery and impulsive. It's done that way a bit here as well with Loren, except the script offers her character a bit more warmth and depth. Hollywood stereotypes of Italians have improved until "The Sopranos" came along forty years later. Houseboat is just a cute movie that is worth watching to fill in time. And if you are a fan of either star, it will be that much better.

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