The Seven Little Foys
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The Seven Little Foys is a Technicolor in VistaVision 1955 comedy film directed by Melville Shavelson starring Bob Hope as Eddie Foy. One highlight of the film is an energetic tabletop dance showdown sequence with Bob Hope as Eddie Foy and James Cagney, who reprises his role as George M. Cohan. The story of Eddie Foy, Sr. and the Seven Little Foys inspired a TV version in 1964 and a stage musical version, which premiered in 2007, in addition to this film in 1955.
|The Seven Little Foys|
|Directed by||Melville Shavelson|
|Produced by||Jack Rose|
|Written by||Jack Rose
|Narrated by||Charley Foy|
|Music by||Joseph J. Lilley|
|Cinematography||John F. Warren|
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$4 million (US)|
Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy (Bob Hope), who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine (Milly Vitale). While they continue to tour the circuit, they begin a family and before long have seven children. After the tragedy of the Iroquois Theater Fire threatens to stall Eddie's career, he comes to realize that his children are worth their weight in gold. The second eldest Foy, Charley, narrates the film.
- Bob Hope as Eddie Foy
- Milly Vitale as Madeleine Morando Foy
- George Tobias as Barney Green
- Angela Clarke as Clara Morando
- Herbert Heyes as Judge
- Richard Shannon as Stage Manager
- Billy Gray as Bryan Lincoln Foy
- Lee Erickson as Charley Foy
- Paul De Rolf as Richard Foy
- Lydia Reed as Mary Foy
- Linda Bennett as Madeleine Foy
- Jimmy Baird as Eddie Foy Jr.
- Tommy Duran as Irving Foy
- Jimmy Conlin as Stage Mgr
- James Cagney as George M. Cohan
- Charley Foy as Narrator
- Bob Hope hosted an hour-long TV version of The Seven Little Foys on January 24, 1964, as part of the NBC series Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre.
- In 2007, the first stage musical version of The Seven Little Foys, written by Chip Deffaa (featuring songs made famous by the Foys, as well as originals by Deffaa), had its world premiere at Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut. This version was presented at the York Theater in New York City, as part of its Developmental Reading Series in July 2012.
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956