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Genre Musical
Running Time 117 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jun 18, 1959
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The Five Pennies

In this film based on a true story, Red Nichols (Danny Kaye) moves from his small town to New York City to become a jazz musician. Although he experiences culture shock, he soon becomes well respected in the clubs, even forming a friendship with Louis Armstrong (Louis Armstrong). After marrying Willa (Barbara Bel Geddes) and having a daughter, Dorothy (Susan Gordon), Red still tours constantly. But, when he learns that Dorothy has polio, he realizes he must rethink his priorities.

Danny Kaye "Red" Nichols
Barbara Bel Geddes Willa Stutsman
Louis Armstrong Himself
Bob Crosby Wil Paradise
Harry Guardino Tony Valani
Susan Gordon Dorothy Nichols Ages 6 to 8
Tuesday Weld Dorothy Nichols Age 13
Valerie Allen Tommye Eden
Ray Anthony Jimmy Dorsey
Shelly Manne
Bobby Troup Artie Schutt
Ray Daly

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