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-- Synopsis:
     A light romantic comedy. Cary Grant plays Tom Winters, a lawyer for the State Dept. His estranged wife is suddenly killed in an auto accident leaving him with three children to raise. The four move into Grant's small apartment where everyone becomes miserable.      
     Sexy Sophia Loren plays 'Cinzia Zaccardi' who is the not so trained Nanny/ Maid except she's not really a maid but the cultured daughter of a famous musician. Thru a series of events the family finds themselves homeless and unrealistically can't find anywhere

to live so  they  wind up as a wealthy but dilapidated family on a rundown houseboat on the Potomac river in Washington, DC. Nominated for 2 Oscars.

* Features:
     This is not a dance movie but does have a nightclub scene that features Charles Herbert and Sophia, Gil and Nikki Brady, Joe Lanza and others doing some Jitterbug Swing dancing. A very fun film overall with or without the dancing.

Houseboat 1 Houseboat 2 Houseboat 3 Houseboat 4

    More Film Information below





1958 Paramount Studios Melville Shavelson


Country Made:



110 minutes USA English Technicolor


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Romance / Comedy
Gil and Nikki Brady Jitterbug Fair / Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Bess Flowers George Duning (musical director) Cary Grant
Charles Herbert (w/ Sophia)   Charles Herbert 
Gil and Nikki Brady   Eduardo Ciannelli 
Harold Miller   Harry Guardino
Jeffrey Sayre   John Litel
Joe Lanza   Madge Kennedy
Kenner G. Kemp   Martha Hyer
Marc Wilder   Mimi Gibson
Ralph Brooks   Murray Hamilton
Sophia Loren   Paul Petersen
    Sophia Loren
    Werner Klemperer

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

Jitterbugn/a n/a Jitterbug
    Actor dancing (Sophia / Swing)

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

Almost in Your Arms Sophia Loren n/a
Bing! Bang! Bong! Sam Cooke Houseboat swing dance
Love Song from Houseboat!  
That's Amore!  

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