Showing posts with label Houseboat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Houseboat. Show all posts

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Houseboat (1958)

  "Grant’s performance is just about flawless."

With Sophia Loren.

Houseboat - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

“Grant’s performance is just about flawless.  With sure artistry, he seems unconscious of the farcical nature of the ridiculous events that overwhelm him.  Everything he does is made poignant by the worries of a man wounded by the repudiation of his children.  Slowly he learns to love them and his hurt grows deeper.  There is one beautiful scene of muted tenderness when he encourages his elder son to teach him to fish.  By so doing, he finds out the boy’s tendencies toward being a Peeping Tom, a thief and a sneak are all traceable to his worries over his mother’s death.  With well-concealed parental anxiety and complete absence of theatrical sentimentality.  Grant consoles the lonesome child with a quiet and moving discussion of immortality.”

- Jack Moffitt, Hollywood Reporter

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 65 - Houseboat (Lobby Card Style)

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Quote From Today... Houseboat (1958)

"You are looking at her!"

With Sophia Loren

Houseboat was Cary Grant's 65th full-length feature film.

Cinzia Zaccardi: Where is their mother?

Tom Winters: What did you say?

Cinzia Zaccardi: Their mother?

Tom Winters: You are looking at her. I'm a little new at the job.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

On This Day...Houseboat (1958).

 Houseboat was Cary Grant's 65th full length feature film and was released on today's date back in 1958.

It was also Cary Grant's second film with Sophia Loren; the first being The Pride and The Passion (1957).


Upon the sudden death of his estranged and nearly divorced wife, absentee father Tom Winston (Cary Grant) claims ownership of his three children, seemingly more out of spite against his in-laws than out of consideration for his kids. When youngest son Robert (Charles Herbert) runs off in reaction, he's returned by spoiled brat socialite Cinzia Zaccardi (Sophia Loren), itching to escape her orchestral conductor father's dictates. 

Being much a willful child herself, she harmonizes immediately with the kids and, needing a hideout, agrees to be hired on as their nanny. Finding their new house destroyed by a lustful, careless and irresponsible Italian handyman, the five decide to live on the man's neglected and dilapidated houseboat rather than rightfully sue him and take rooms at a hotel. 

With Sophia Loren.

As Cinzia bridges the gap between Tom and his kids, (while starting to learn how to cook and clean), Tom's newly divorced sister-in-law Carolyn (Martha Hyer) makes a play for him. He accepts her proposal but then, as Cinzia draws men in like a dog in heat, realizes he's more interested in Cinzia. When Tom and Cynzia decide to marry, the kids hate her for it.

With Martha Hyer.

"Grant's performance is just about flawless." - Jack Moffitt, Hollywood Reporter.

"Grant is always perfectly at home in these roles in which, with an exasperated look, head tilt or dryly stated irony, he can put his point across." - Dick Williams, Mirror News (Los Angeles)

"Houseboat is the zaniest comedy, and at the same time, it is real romance. It also has in it, beautifully enunciated by Cary Grant, an essay on life and death. Mr. Grant as you know, is just about the screen's smoothest, most worldly comedian." - Ruth Waterbury, Los Angeles Examiner.

Did You Know?

Original screenplay was written by Betsy Drake, Cary Grant's wife. Grant originally wanted it to star her but his extra-marital affair with Sophia Loren complicated the project. The script was drastically re-written by two other writers to accommodate Loren and bears little resemblance to Drake's concept.

Cary Grant initially accepted his role because he was dating Sophia Loren, with whom he was madly in love. After she married Carlo Ponti, a heartbroken Grant wanted to back out. He couldn't, but the director made sure the production was a smooth one.

Cary Grant was 54 when he made this film. His romantic lead, Sophia Loren, was 24.

In the French-dubbed version of the film, a mischievous translator replaced Sophia Loren's character name, "Cinzia", with "Gina". At the time Loren and Gina Lollobrigida were rivals for the "crown" of Italian sex symbols in film.

With the children and Harry Guardino and Sophia Loren.

With Sophia Loren.

 Cary Grant ... Tom Winters
 Sophia Loren ... Cinzia Zaccardi
 Martha Hyer ... Carolyn Gibson
 Harry Guardino ... Angelo Donatello
 Eduardo Ciannelli ... Arturo Zaccardi
 Murray Hamilton ... Capt. Alan Wilson
 Mimi Gibson ... Elizabeth Winters
 Paul Petersen ... David Winters
 Charles Herbert ... Robert Winters
 Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Farnsworth
 John Litel ... Mr. William Farnsworth
 Werner Klemperer ... Harold Messner

With Harry Guardino and Sophia Loren.

Lobby Cards:

Italian lobby card and poster - "A Husband for Cinzia."

Directed by Melville Shavelson.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Running time: 112 minutes.

Monday, April 27, 2020

The 1950's...

During the 1950's Cary Grant turned in some classic performances, 13 in total, from romance comedy to thrillers!

Crisis 1950

People Will Talk 1951

Room For One More 1952

Monkey Business 1952

Dream Wife 1953


No film released in this year.


To Catch A Thief 1955


No film was released in this year.


The Pride and The Passion 1957

An Affair to Remember 1957

Kiss Them For Me 1957


Indiscreet 1958

Houseboat 1958


North By Northwest 1959

Operation Petticoat 1959

Thursday, April 9, 2020

"Oh, We Ought to Learn That...!"

In 1918, when Archie Leach joined the Bob Pender Troupe his contract stipulated, not only his weekly salary, along with room and board, but also that he should have training for his profession and dance lessons.

Cary Grant is seen dancing in numerous films with the likes of Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren and others.

Of all the dance sequences, my favourite has to be the Eightsome Reel from the 1958 fim, Indiscreet.
Starring alongside Ingrid Bergman, this dance, shows off Cary Grants natural acrobatic ability and timing.

If you haven't seen it or just want to enjoy it again, use the link below.

Behind the scenes rehearsals, with Ingrid Bergman...You can only imagine the fun!

With Ginger Rogers (Monkey Business 1952)

With Sophia Loren (Houseboat 1958)

With Katharine Hepburn (Holiday 1938)

With Joan Fontaine (Suspicion 1941)