The Five Pennies is a wonderful mix of truth, Hollywood fiction, and some of the finest music to ever grace a film. As Loring "Red" Nichols, Danny Kaye manages to make the filmgoer believe that magic truly exists...both in his uncanny portrayal of the famed cornetist as well as his ability to make the audience believe that he is actually playing the horn. Mr. Kaye is an American treasure, and his performance only solidifies this fact. Barbara Bel Geddes as his wife is no less perfect in her role as the "singer turned wife turned mother". A surprise to most would be a fine performance turned in by Tuesday Weld as the Nichols' daughter. With names like Armstrong, Dorsey, Crosby, and Goodman (to name a few) lending their musical as well as acting talents, one would be hard pressed to find a more gentle, heartwarming, and wonderful film for the entire family to enjoy.