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Houseboat (1958)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 11 January 1959 (Japan)
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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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

Near the beginning of the movie, Martha Hyer who plays aunt Carolyn, calls Cary Grant 'Mother Goose'. Six years later Cary Grant would play Walter Ekland in the movie 'Father Goose'. 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: That's you, Sir.
Tom Winters: Who, Sir? Me, Sir?
Cinzia Zaccardi: Yes, Sir. You, Sir.
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Connections

Referenced in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Almost in Your Arms
(uncredited)
Written by Jay Livingston,Ray Evans
Performed by Sophia Loren
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Location Trivia
7 February 2003 | by psamdSee all my reviews

Just thought you might like to know that HOUSEBOAT was partially shot at Fort Washington, Maryland.... right on the Potomac, south of Washington, DC. To my knowledge, this is the only Hollywood movie ever shot at the Fort. Since the movie was made there is now a COMMUNITY built up around the fort ALSO called "Fort Washington".... zip code 20744. In 1958 Fort Washington, Maryland was part of Oxon Hill, MD.


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