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The Seven Little Foys

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1955
  • Melville Shavelson
  • 92 mins
  • U

Summary

Musical biography starring Bob Hope, and featuring a guest appearance by James Cagney. When the young wife of vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy dies, he begins to include their seven children in his act and soon the Foys have become one of America's most famous theatrical families.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In one of his straighter roles, Bob Hope plays real-life comedian Eddie Foy who, after the premature death of his wife (Milly Vitale), trained his seven children to join him in his vaudeville act. The trouble is that Hope's character is hard to like, and the musical routines lack pizazz, apart from one memorable sequence featuring guest star James Cagney. Reprising his portrayal of George M Cohan from Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cagney joins Hope in a beguiling song-and-soft-shoe routine to two Cohan favourites, momentarily lifting the film into a classier category altogether.

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Credits

Cast

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NarratorEddie Foy Jr
Eddie FoyBob Hope
Madeleine MorandoMilly Vitale
Barney GreenGeorge Tobias
ClaraAngela Clarke
JudgeHerbert Heyes
Stage managerRichard Shannon
Bryan "Brynie" FoyBilly Gray
George M CohanJames Cagney

Crew

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DirectorMelville Shavelson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Released on
1955-08-29
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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