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

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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 »

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Tom Winters: Go to your room. You're not gonna get anything to eat tonight.
David Winters: Thanks. I'm trying to lose weight.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Olivia Newton-John (1982) See more »

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That's Amore
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Music by Harry Warren
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"The sound of music" in miniature.
28 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Almost a decade before Robert Wise's blockbuster,this fairly entertaining little comedy had almost everything that was brought to epic proportions in the sixties:a widower(Grant)with three "charming" children -"sound of music is an improvement on it for that with seven brats-,a chic lady(Hyers) who is the equivalent of the baroness and an Italian Cinderella(Loren)-complete with magnificent dress and ball- who's hired by Grant to take care of his offspring.And Sophia Loren does sing,and her voice is so nice that the children do backing vocals.Like Julie Andrews.

Will Grant marry his strait-laced sister-in-law?Will he fall for Sophia's mediterranean charms?You will have to see this movie for that. Most of the story happens on a revamped "houseboat" .Hence the title.


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