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Houseboat (1958)

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:

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Tom Winters
Sophia Loren ... Cinzia Zaccardi
Martha Hyer ... Carolyn Gibson
Harry Guardino ... Angelo Donatello
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Arturo Zaccardi
Murray Hamilton ... Capt. Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson ... Elizabeth Winters
Paul Petersen ... David Winters
Charles Herbert ... Robert Winters
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Farnsworth
John Litel ... Mr. William Farnsworth
Werner Klemperer ... Harold Messner
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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 »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 January 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hausboot See more »

Filming Locations:

Piscataway Creek, Maryland, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Characters engage in a verbal game called "Who Sir, Me Sir." See more »

Goofs

The harmonica that Cinzia wins for Robert is labeled "ECHO". An echo harmonica has 2 reeds for each note, each reed slightly detuned sharp and flat to provide a tremolo effect. The sound when Robert is playing this instrument is of a normal harmonica. See more »

Quotes

Robert Winters: Who, Sir? Me, Sir?
Tom Winters: Yes, Sir. You, Sir.
Robert Winters: No, sir. Not I, Sir.
Tom Winters: Who then, sir?
[Same exact exchange occurs later but between David and Tom]
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Connections

Referenced in We Are Travelers on the Path of Love (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in A-Major op. 90 (Italian Symphony)
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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"Hesto, Presto, One of Cary's Very Besto"
13 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee 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.


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