The Five Pennies (1959)

The musical biopic of jazz great Red Nichols features a healthy dose of melodrama along with the melodies. As the famed Dixieland cornetist, he runs into opposition to his sound, but breaks through to success. He marries a warm, patient woman (Bel Geddes) and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio. The jazzman puts down his horn to stand by her.

Directing:
  • Melville Shavelson

Writing:
  • Melville Shavelson
  • Jack Rose
  • Robert Smith

Stars:
Release Date: 1959-01-01
themoviedb icon 7.4/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 117

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