The Five Pennies

Release Date:
Jun 18, 1959
Running Time:
1:57
Genre:
Musical
Director:
Melville Shavelson
Cast:
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
Producers:
Jack Rose
Language:
English

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The Five Pennies

In this film based on a true story, Red Nichols 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 . After marrying Willa and having a daughter, Dorothy, Red still tours constantly. But, when he learns that Dorothy has polio, he realizes he must rethink his priorities.

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