The Five Pennies
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The Five Pennies
This biographical film chronicles the life of '20s trumpet player Red Nichols (Danny Kaye) and his rise to fame in the jazz world. With the support of his wife (Barbara Bel Geddes) and his beloved young daughter (Tuesday Weld in her first screen appearance), Nichols is able to weather both the good and bad times of his musical career. Nominated for several Oscars, this film features the talent of musicians Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby, Ray Anthony, Shelly Manne, and Bobb Troup in an abundance of musical numbers, including "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Carnival of… More

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"The Five Pennies is a solidly crafted movie that glosses over a lot of the real history of jazz."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"A bit of a sprightly-tragic mess, but if one doesn't try to sum up its parts, it's plenty entertaining in a nostalgic, old-movie way."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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