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Cary Grant scored still another box-office smash with his 1958 vehicle Houseboat. Grant plays a widowed father who packs himself and his spoiled kiddies off to a ramshackle houseboat. Enter Sophia Loren, who is attempting to break loose from her tyrannical father's (Eduardo Cianelli) iron grip. She hires on as Grant's housekeeper and his children's governess. Though Grant struggles valiantly to maintain a "hands off" policy, he and Loren are billing and cooing by fadeout time--but not before plenty of reversals, recriminations and sitcom-style mishaps. As a bonus, the kids end up behaving like little angels (not surprising, since Loren has threatened from time to time to turn them into genuine angels if they don't toe the line). According to most sources, the on-screen romance between Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in Houseboat spilled over into their private lives as well, though Sophia put an end to this dalliance when she married Italian movie mogul Carlo Ponti. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1958


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Harry Guardino Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1958 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Livingston Best Song 1958 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Melville Shavelson Best Original Screenplay 1958 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jackson Rose Best Original Screenplay 1958 Nominee


Cary Grant
as Tom Winston
Sophia Loren
as Cinzia Zaccardi
Martha Hyer
as Caroline Gibson
Harry Guardino
as Angelo
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Arturo Zaccardi
Murray Hamilton
as Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson
as Elizabeth Winston
Charles Herbert
as Robert Winston
Madge Kennedy
as Mrs. Farnsworth
John Litel
as Mr. Farnsworth
Werner Klemperer
as Harold Messner
Joe McTurk
as Pitchman
Kathleen Freeman
Brooks Benedict
Wally Walker
Julian Rivero
as Spanish Diplomat
Gilda Oliva
as Pitch Saleswoman
Mary Forbes
as British Society Woman


Melville Shavelson
Jack Rose
Jack Rose
Melville Shavelson
Ray June
George Duning
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Grace Gregory
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Charles Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Wally Westmore