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||IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 from 1,064 votes
||Release: 1955 (UK) /
||Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family
||Director: Melville Shavelson,
||Stars: Angela Clarke, Billy Gray, Bob Hope, Charley Foy, George Tobias, Herbert Heyes, James Cagney, Jimmy Baird, Lee Erickson, Linda Bennett, Lydia Reed, Milly Vitale, Paul De Rolf, Richard Shannon, Tommy Duran
||Synopsis: Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine. While they continue to tour the circuit, they begin a family and before long have seven little Foys to clutter the wings. After tragedy threatens to stall Eddie's career, he comes to realize that his little terrors are worth their weight in gold. Written by Chris Stone <[email protected]>
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This film precedes BEAU JAMES by two years, and can be seen as a kind of
warm-up for that Hope biography. As I mentioned in my comment there, Hope
was hoping to find a film property that he could demonstrate his dramatic
abilities in, so that he could possibly get a nod for an Oscar nomination.
So the two biographies and the serious toned THAT CERTAIN FEELING have a
certain individuality among Hope's comedies and films missing in the others.
Eddie Foy Sr. was one of the great comics of his era. His career was
actually older than that of his friend and rival George M. Cohan, for Cohan
was born in 1872 and Foy was already a travelling vaudevillian at that
time. In fact he would be involved in a famous western event in 1881.
Playing shows in Tombstone, in the Arizona territory, Foy came afoul of Ike
Clanton and his gang, and was almost killed by them while on stage. The
incident is suggested in John Ford's MY DARLING CLEMENTINE when Alan Mowbray
(as a windy Victorian actor) is threatened by the Clantons. In the film
GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRALL, the local Tombstone theatre has posters up for
Foy's performance. However the director of that Paramount film did not
think of having Hope perform a cameo in the Lancaster-Douglas film as
THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS follows Foys personal life, and how he allows his
professional interests (tours, bookings) to keep him from the woman he loved
and married - and whom he loses when she prematurely dies while he is on
tour. His sister-in-law (the wife and her sister are Italians) has never
liked Foy. The death of the wife leaves Foy with his seven kids, but his
sister-in-law wants him to give up his career, and watch the kids grow up.
He doesn't want to do so, so he decides to put the kids into his act. The
problem: the kids can't act, sing, or dance like their old man can. Still
he perserveres, and the act becomes a success because of it's very awfulness
(it's so comically bad, it's good). But the sister-in-law tries to take the
kids away from Foy by legal means, leading to a court scene.
Cagney appears as Cohan at a Friar's Club roast for Foy (their entertainer
of the year). The four minute scene includes a graceful soft shoe involving
the two troupers Cagney and Hope. It is a wonderful moment in the film.
And the film, as a dramatic comedy, does hold up well. Given time, perhaps
Hope could have found a suitable film for an Oscar nomination, but he was a
busy man, and he did not have the time.
One final point. This month was the centennial for the burning of the
steamboat GENERAL SLOCUM, the worst disaster in the history of New York City
before September 11, 2001. The SLOCUM killed 1031 people by burning or
drowning. It got into movie history at the start of the film MANHATTAN
MELODRAMA (best recalled for the first pairing of William Powell and Myrna
Loy, and for the fact that John Dillinger was shot down by FBI men after
leaving his secret location to see Myrna Loy's performance). The SLOCUM
sequence is grisly well done in that 1934 film. But seven months before the
SLOCUM Disaster, the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago killed six hundred
people. It was the worst theatre fire in American history. Eddie Foy Sr. was
playing in MR. BLUEBEARD in the theatre that day, and helped rescue many or
the audience by calming them down. Although not much of the disaster is
shown, it does appear (the only time I am aware of that it appears at all)
in this film, THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS.
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, Billy Gray
, Bob Hope
, Charley Foy
, George Tobias
, Herbert Heyes
, James Cagney
, Jimmy Baird
, Lee Erickson
, Linda Bennett
, Lydia Reed
, Milly Vitale
, Paul De Rolf
, Richard Shannon
, Tommy Duran
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