I've commented on about 2000 films. Running Time: 109 minutes. Part of the famous Waterlands, and only a little while away from the Amsterdam city center (see exact details in 'More about the location', below). go figure). I was pleasantly surprised, and enthralled. Cary Grant was contractually obligated to do "Houseboat" with Miss Loren. Houseboat. It breaks under his weight. Nothing unpredictable or deep but good fun. Houseboat es una película dirigida por Melville Shavelson con Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Harry Guardino, Eduardo Ciannelli .... Año: 1958. 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This, of course, makes their romance scenes all the more tense and interesting. Her bonding with the children (and with Grant) is a treat, and while I wasn't quite convinced it would all work out happily, I was genuinely entertained. The Houseboat Magazine TOP10 most popular Houseboats, Products, Services, & Boating Tips With more than 30 years boating experience, and over a decade as a houseboat liveaboard, I have assembled a list of the TOP 10 products or services related to houseboats and houseboating. Hollywood stereotypes of Italians have improved until "The Sopranos" came along forty years later. Pairing Sophia Loren and Cary Grant in a romantic comedy must have sounded like a great idea -- and the script, such as it is, might have served in the Fifties. He has great chemistry with Sophia, who pretty much owns the picture. Film review: HOUSEBOAT (Melville Shavelson, 1958) This review is my entry to Phyllis Loves Classic Movies’s fabulous Cary Grant blogathon, where every entry is a celebration of the man’s varied and illustrious CV. It's a pleasant, enjoyable mix of romantic and family comedy. It worked out best for us as it would have been a far different movie with Drake, who had a pretty bland screen presence. review by Zach B. and Anthony D. Not Rated. Welcome to Houseboat Horror. 1958: Nominations: Best Original Story & Screenplay, Song (‘Almost in Your Army’). It feels odd for many reasons. Just thought you might like to know that HOUSEBOAT was partially shot at Fort Washington, Maryland.... right on the Potomac, south of Washington, DC. When I first stumbled across a movie title 'Houseboat' a thousand years ago, and saw the casting, I speculated that it could only be a euro-tweaked piece of frisson, OR a vapid, one-idea dud. Certainly. Living on a houseboat, widowed and left with three unruly kids, he hires Sophia Loren as a governess. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Almost a decade before Robert Wise's blockbuster,this fairly entertaining little comedy had almost everything that was brought to epic proportions in the sixties:a widower(Grant)with three "charming" children -"sound of music is an improvement on it for that with seven brats-,a chic lady(Hyers) who is the equivalent of the baroness and an Italian Cinderella(Loren)-complete with magnificent dress and ball- who's hired by Grant to take care of his offspring.And Sophia Loren does sing,and her voice is so nice that the children do backing vocals.Like Julie Andrews. He picks Ms. Loren and after a while everyone in the family succumbs to her very ample charms. This movie is approaching its 50th anniversary and it has not aged well. An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children. Komedie uit Verenigde Staten. It's really just one more of the bland family-friendly sitcoms that blight his later career, but more interesting than most for a couple of reasons. An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children. And if you are a fan of either star, it will be that much better. VARIETY Film Review - September 10, 1958 - by "Ron" - submitted by Barry Martin The voyage of "Houseboat" is to a nearly extinct era in motion pictures when screens and hearts bubbled over with the warmth of original family humor. They're all good, particularly Herbert. SYNOPSIS: A horrible rock band and a camera crew filming a cheesy music video in the backwoods of Au Loren's artless singing of the fine ballad "Almost in Your Arms" is haunting; their subsequent dance has an emotional fierceness that practically burns a hole in the screen. *** from ****. Regie Melville Shavelson. The houseboat itself is equally artificial. Movies: Houseboat; Tom Winston, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. But Tom would have none of that, instead took them to his hotel apartment in DC. The voyage of Houseboat is to a nearly extinct era in motion pictures when screens and hearts bubbled over with the warmth of original family humor. Their affair was more or less over before this film was started. Considering she was a great housekeeper (though she couldn't cook), loved the kids and was built like,....Sophia Loren, it certainly isn't surprising that by the end of the film Cary has also recognized her as prime wife material. We still sing the song, and watched it again last week (they're teens now. Título original: Houseboat. Vintage Cary Grant with fresh Sophia Loren. The voyage of Houseboat is to a nearly extinct era in motion pictures when screens and hearts bubbled over with the warmth of original family humor. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets This is likely to be true because there are only a few love scenes and they all look somehow forced. Houseboat is directed by Melville Shavelson who also co-writes the screenplay with Jack Rose. About the only serious negative is the REALLY annoying song that Loren sings throughout the movie. Para cuidarlos contrata como niñera a Cintia (Sophia Loren), una bella italiana que oculta su verdadera identidad. For those who still have the hopeless romantic side to them still kindling, and for those who are not totally cynical about predictable outcomes, Houseboat is decent fun. So it's all enjoyable if nothing remarkable, more or less typical of this low point in Hollywood movie-making. Cary Grant repeating his romantic comedy work for the umpteenth time, works well with the ravishing and radiant Sophia Loren. Cary and Sophia scratch and claw at each other first, but then instead of fur, sparks fly. Their marriage was on the rocks at the time, and he was having an affair with Sophia, so she wound up with the part. Predictable,...yes. He's also got a sister-in-law, Martha Hyer, crushing out on him big time. Grant mixes concern with disconcern and says more with a head tilt than most residents of situation comedy are able to say with an entire script. The three kids are played by Paul Peterson (of Donna Reed Show fame), Charles Herbert (13 Ghosts, among others), and Mimi Gibson (this is probably her best role). It's done that way a bit here as well with Loren, except the script offers her character a bit more warmth and depth. Cary Grant, prominent diplomat and widower, is trying to get acquainted again with his three kids, Paul Petersen, Mimi Gibson, and Charles Herbert. But with a little paint, and some Hollywood magic dust, all of a sudden it appears to be a typical, cozy, middle class home. The magnetic Loren and the charming Grant add up to a cheeky, urbane comedy. At first glance, "Houseboat" looks like the worst type of sitcom: stern father gets saddled with his estranged children, later hiring a governess who is really a runaway from high society. We don't see him sink into the water. This, of course, also goes for the two adults (by now, he’s noticed her knees). It is said that Grant was once in love with his co-star Sophia Loren and, since she married Carlo Ponti, he did not want to make this film. Love his scenes with Sophia. Spune-ţi părerea despre The Houseboat Pentru a scrie un review trebuie sa fii autentificat. As a previous reviewer mentioned, Miss Loren was determined to NOT be the next Mrs. Grant. Off goes everyone to the country, and through living together begin to understand and love each other. Houseboat; Houseboat Review. The children are all good in their parts (despite the naysayers here) and of course Grant and Loren shine. A van is driving along with 1 guy and 2 girls, who straight away establish that they’re going to the country to film a music clip. Why didn't the guy just give him a ride to shore on his speedboat? That would have made more sense. Cary Grant scored still another box-office smash with his 1958 vehicle Houseboat. The guy shrugs and tells Grant that he will need to wait till high tide to get the houseboat towed back, before he can get to his job. Cary does well with a character that's not really likable at first. As for Sophia Loren, basking in her movie-star close-ups, she takes a cartoonish character (which is written like a cynical refugee from "Roman Holiday") and gives the lady a big heart. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Houseboat - Original Soundtrack on AllMusic - 2006 The movie is like the Sound of Music on a splintery houseboat. I've known of this film for years and finally decided to watch it, expecting the usual corny/glitzy rom-com. She's sexy, funny, and charming. Plus, the romance that predictably develops between them and the way the film ends is highly entertaining. Click aici pentru a te autentifica. Year in Review: So, How Was Your 2020, Dierks Bentley? The film is billed as a comedy but more veers into the drama of a single Dad struggling with raising three children alone. I feel a bit sad for the progressive Bolshies who find the movie offensive (check the one star reviews). I can find something interesting in just about any film, the worse the better. Last Free Ride, a hip pirate movie filmed in the Sausalito houseboat community in Northern California by Roy Nolan DVD Extreme Houseboats Season 1 Melville Shavelson. Awards. Pretty good Cary Grant film, but it still felt kind of weak. He agreed to, with the chance he could still win over his co-star. Sentimental? Cary Grant is stranded, late for work. Watch Houseboat movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. Houseboat, in its simplest form, a cabin of one or two rooms built on a flat-bottomed scow, drawing only from 12 to 24 inches (roughly 30 to 60 cm) of water and usually with a platform or porch at either end. Ordinarily, I kind of enjoy these tame old Sixties comedies, but watching Cary Grant in a role written for a B- or C-lister is always painful. He looks quite unhappy in most scenes with her and she, although pretty to look at, also seems to be inhibited to be close to him. While it is not a movie that will change your life or make a huge impression, it's still an awful lot of fun. | As time goes by and the economy gets worse, there are more derelict houseboats advertised as "once in a lifetime bargains","fixer uppers", "project boat" or "distress sales". Harry Gaurdino has a good and humorous supporting role. FAQ He gets a … ... Houseboat is also a rare movie that deals honestly with the issue of children's reaction to remarriage. A houseboat is a boat that has been designed or modified to be used primarily as a home.Some houseboats are not motorized, because they are usually moored, kept stationary at a fixed point and often tethered to land to provide utilities.However, many are capable of operation under their own power. Komische verwikkelingen rond de gescheiden advocaat Tom, die de zorg voor zijn drie kinderen op zich moet nemen nadat zijn … Cue synth drums. And the cinematography and wide-screen aspect is wonderful. Enter Sophia Loren, a full-blown lass with lovely knees who’s been kept in tow by her father, a noted Italian symphony conductor and who takes the first chance to get away from it all. Awards True, Loren is hardly providing any acting gravitas here, but by the time she wanders into view looking absolutely knockout in a gold dress, nothing else really matters! The trouble is that he needs a combination housekeeper and mom for the kids, so he goes about trying to hire one. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: one for Best Original Song for "Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from Houseboat)", and the other for Best Original Screenplay. The other is the presence of Sophia Loren -- raw-boned, gauche, gorgeous, and in real life determined not to become the fourth Mrs. Grant. ... but, her film roles with rare exception have not allowed her to be more than a mannequin. Warm romance classic has realistic kid behavior. To my knowledge, this is the only Hollywood movie ever shot at the Fort. As a romantic male lead, there's never been anybody better, but comic dad parts are best left to the Paul Dooleys of the world. In 1958 the couple were the focus of Hollywood gossip columnists when they starred together in the romantic comedy Houseboat, set in Washington … Simple enough, only Grant has been funnier in many movies and Loren has looked better in any number of films. Good acting? Since the movie was made there is now a COMMUNITY built up around the fort ALSO called "Fort Washington".... zip code 20744. A feeble, predictable movie wasting two great talents. Houseboat is just a cute movie that is worth watching to fill in time. Family Fun... watched it with my children when they were little. While I give this movie only a 7, it is well worth seeing--deep no--but lots of fun. Regizat de Melville Shavelson. Cary is a widower who lives on a houseboat with his kids. PRO TV 22:30. He believes Sophia to be a maid but, in fact, she's the daughter of a famous Italian conductor. Despite the names on the marquee, spare yourselves by skipping this one. | Given they were thirty years apart, Grant and Loren were in a pretty heavy romance off screen at this time. Predictable? He sinks, but the shot is above the water so we just see his silly "woops I am sinking" expression. | On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 64% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 5.84/10. Loren acts better in irate Italian than in emotional English, but she is believable and sometimes downright warm as the lover of Grant and his children. Cary Grant plays the dad with an amusing mixture of concern, consternation and suspicion; he enjoys a good time, but he goads his kids into being more than what he sees, and when his son pushes back it seems an exceptionally realistic reaction. Filme de urmărit la TV. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. Our Houseboat Magazine TOP10 list. It cracks me up when movies of the 50's portrayed Italian women as fiery and impulsive. A Vista Vision production in Technicolor, music is by George Duning and cinematography by Ray June. Harry Guardino is a treat as the guy who sells Cary the houseboat after destroying their other house. But the story has a tenderness and charm that draws you in. By the time, 'Passion' was completed, Loren was no longer interested in Grant. "Houseboat" proves that being a Cary Grant film is NOT a guarantee for entertainment. But, once again, being Sophia Loren, most audiences of the day probably weren't there to hear her singing. Sorry, but HOUSEBOAT has all the charm of a sugary half-hour sit-com stretched out to feature length. The movie appeals to all the sadly outdated bourgeois values of postwar America, i.e. Who knows? the era in which I grew up. I agree with "WRONG WIFE" post. Celebrating 60 years is Paramount's HOUSEBOAT starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren. Houseboat. Sinoposis Houseboat: Tom Winston era vaduv si facea tot posibilul sa isi creasca cei 3 copii in cele mai optime conditii. Play Trailer; It All Happens Happily on a Heaven of a Houseboat! | In the very next scene he is completely clean and dry-wearing the same white tux. But who cares, as it's a lot of fun and yet another nice outing from Grant. Cary's then-wife Betsy Drake was originally set to star. Granted, there is more romance (and with Sophia Loren as the objection of affection, Cary has it all OVER Jimmy and Hank!) One is the passel of motherless kids, who for a change are convincingly sullen, bitter and unreachable until a brief last-minute conversion. Over the years part of my focus has been to caution newbies on the pitfalls of purchasing old steel, and wood framed glass boats without having someone knowledgeable giving them guidance. 'Houseboat' is a throwback to the kind of sweet, happy comedies Cary Grant did in the late '40s-early 50s, and it foreshadows the domestic comedies James Stewart and Henry Fonda would do in the sixties. This OscarеЁ-nominated film has the legendary Cary Grant as a government attorney who can't seem to shake his bad fortune. Captain Pippi is a 120m2 houseboat, a true Amsterdam watervilla. Betsy Drake. In 1958 Fort Washington, Maryland was part of Oxon Hill, MD. Docked in Schellingwoude, a creative peaceful village in Amsterdam-North. User Ratings Yes. This Oscar-nominated film has the legendary Cary Grant as a government attorney who can't seem to shake his bad fortune. I'd much rather watch "Father Goose" than this film. Read Common Sense Media's Houseboat review, age rating, and parents guide. Jean-Georges Launches Special Prix Fixe Menus for Your Home New Year’s Eve Feast, Titans Owner Closes On Sale of One-Third Stake In NFL Team To Family, Modern Love: The Best Books on Dating and Relationships for Men to Read. I also agree the kids were annoying and shallow and not worthy of Sophia's attention. Address in the New ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. The decrepit houseboat of the title is miraculously transformed from scene to scene into a handsome abode with no more visible exertion than the use of a paint brush in a couple of frames. The other stupid stunt is that Cary Grant is dressed in a dapper white tuxedo and walks along the gangway to the houseboat for the first time. Metacritic Reviews. Equally puzzling is the scene where the houseboat drifts off at high tide and anchors onto the edge of an island. Director, Writer. A train hits their new home-in-tow and instead of a collision the viewer just sees some (fake) lumber thrown onto their car. Distributie Cary Grant, Sophia Loren. Grant and Loren were NOT in a hot and heavy affair when this picture was made. Harry Guardino is outstanding as a fiery wolf who will take anything but a wife, and Martha Hyer, as the rich ‘other’ woman, is beautiful and skillfully competent. Saccharin-prone viewers might bail early, but give it time. but ultimately, it scores as a terrific family movie, as Loren, playing an inept but adorable housekeeper/nanny, wins the affection of widower Grant's kids, and awakens in him a more complete love than he was experiencing with his society girlfriend (played effectively by the beautiful Martha Hyer). This is not so much a review of the film as it's more a clarification. Living on a houseboat, widowed and left with three unruly kids, he hires Sophia Loren as a governess. Getting a nanny sure would be nice, plus a bigger place. The movie is contrived and totally unconvincing, but the two stars' tortured feelings for each other keep seeping through, giving many scenes an edgy tension you can't shake off. Overview. Due to the war housing shortage, they live on a houseboat moored in a river. Sinopsis: Tom (Cary Grant) es un viudo que vive con tres hijos pequeños en una casa flotante. With Grant showing more comic ability with just facial expressions than many of today's comedy actors can provide in an hour of film, Houseboat is very much essential viewing for the Grant purists. But this is not just a bad movie, it is offensive. Martha Hyer is cool as a sister-in-law.There are songs and some scenic shots of Washington in this Paramount color film, but they fail to provide this creaky "Houseboat" with much-needed buoyancy. It stars Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert, Harry Guardino and Mimi Gibson. Divorced-father-reconnects-with-kids a well-worn theme, but the script and acting here carry you along. Aside from his Hitchcock movies and "Charade," this is virtually the only watchable movie Cary Grant made after 1944. Our eyes feast on the beautiful pleasant countryside. Grant, though he takes her for a tramp, hires her as a maid at seeing her ability to handle his children upon first meeting. It’s a perfect role for Cary Grant, who plays a government lawyer separated from his wife and who, upon her accidental death, is brought into contact with his three children, none of whom are very friendly toward him. Read Common Sense Media's Houseboat review, age rating, and parents guide. Cozy romp with some surprising emotional resonance, "Hesto, Presto, One of Cary's Very Besto", Warm, with a witty Cary Grant and stiff Sofia Loren...and a forced plot. Tom Winters (Cary Grant) works for the government, his divorced wife was recently killed in a car wreck, and the grandparents were set to get custody of the three young children, papers already to be signed by Tom. A surprising jewel. This excellent comedy stars Cary Grant as a Washington lawyer during the Second World War, and Sophia Loren as the daughter of an Italian conductor, who is hired as nanny for Grant's three children. Viata i se schimba in momentul in care copiii Cary Grant was in love with Sophia Loren (who wouldn't be) when that film began. "Houseboat" is set in Washington, DC and nearby Virginia, including the houseboat on the Potomac. They had previously co-starred in "The Pride And The Passion" with Frank Sinatra. But it is entirely too predictable, takes too little advantage of Grant's comic skills and has Loren doing little more than look gorgeous in designer clothing that a pretend "nanny" could not have afforded, much less packed in a single small suitcase. External Reviews Widowed lawyer Cary Grant hires Sophia Loren to take care of his three kids and moves them all onto a houseboat. Without doubt. Sadly I learned an hour ago, that it's the latter. Their chemistry is evident and it shows well here. This is a very cute and inconsequential family film starring Cary Grant and the very young Sophia Loren. Comedy and romance ensues. It looks a mess at first. Head on over there to read about all the films he’s been in!-- The idea of using a houseboat (a real one in Maryland) is a great money saving device, no doubt, and it gives everything an offbeat air. Houseboat (1958) 12 11/19/1958 (US) Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance 1h 50m User Score. The guy they bought the houseboat from cruises up to it in his speedboat. Grant plays a man who has been separated from his wife for several years and has rarely seen his three kids in the meantime. Technicolor, Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Ray June Original story & screenplay song... 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