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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
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Directed by Melville Shavelson
Produced by Jack Rose
Written by Jack Rose
Melville Shavelson
Starring Bob Hope
Milly Vitale
George Tobias
Narrated by Charley Foy
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Cinematography John F. Warren
Edited by Ellsworth Hoagland
Hope Enterprises
Scribe Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 1955 (1955-06-01) (Syndey, Australia)
  • June 23, 1955 (1955-06-23) (Los Angeles)
  • June 29, 1955 (1955-06-29) (New York City)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4 million (US)[1]



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.

James Cagney reprises his role as George M. Cohan from the film Yankee Doodle Dandy for an energetic tabletop dance showdown sequence.


Other versionsEdit

  • 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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956

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