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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.

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Tom Winters
... Cinzia Zaccardi
... Carolyn Gibson
... Angelo Donatello
... Arturo Zaccardi
... Capt. Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson ... Elizabeth Winters
... David Winters
... Robert Winters
... Mrs. Farnsworth
... Mr. William Farnsworth
... Harold Messner
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Peggy Connelly ... Elizabeth Wilson (scenes deleted)
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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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It All Happens Happily on a Heaven of a Houseboat! See more »


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Final film of Mary Forbes. See more »

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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

Robert Winters: That's you, Sir.
Tom Winters: Who, Sir? Me, Sir?
Cinzia Zaccardi: Yes, Sir. You, Sir.
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Featured in American Masters: Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) See more »

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That's Amore
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Cinzia is dancing with Robert
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"Is my mother in a museum?"
12 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Widowed lawyer Cary Grant hires Sophia Loren to take care of his three kids and moves them all onto a houseboat. He believes Sophia to be a maid but, in fact, she's the daughter of a famous Italian conductor. Comedy and romance ensues. Cary does well with a character that's not really likable at first. He has great chemistry with Sophia, who pretty much owns the picture. She's sexy, funny, and charming. The three kids are played by Paul Peterson (of Donna Reed Show fame), Charles Herbert (13 Ghosts, among others), and Mimi Gibson (this is probably her best role). They're all good, particularly Herbert. Love his scenes with Sophia. Harry Guardino is a treat as the guy who sells Cary the houseboat after destroying their other house. Cary's then-wife Betsy Drake was originally set to star. Their marriage was on the rocks at the time, and he was having an affair with Sophia, so she wound up with the part. It worked out best for us as it would have been a far different movie with Drake, who had a pretty bland screen presence. It's a pleasant, enjoyable mix of romantic and family comedy. Nothing unpredictable or deep but good fun.


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