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Houseboat (1958)




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In this film, Cary 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 iron grip. She hires on as Grant's housekeeper, and the two soon fall in love.

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Cary Grant
as Tom Winters
Sophia Loren
as Cinzia Zaccardi
Martha Hyer
as Carolyn Gibson
Harry Guardino
as Angelo Donatello
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Arturo Zaccardi
Murray Hamilton
as Capt. Alan Wilson
Mimi Gibson
as Elizabeth Winters
Paul Petersen
as David Winters
Charles Herbert
as Robert Winters
Madge Kennedy
as Mrs. Farnsworth
John Litel
as William Farnsworth
Werner Klemperer
as Harold Messner
Peggy Connelly
as Elizabeth Wilson
Kathleen Freeman
as Woman in Laundromat
Helen Brown
as Woman in Laundromat
Julian Rivero
as Spanish Diplomat
Mary Forbes
as British Society Woman
Marc Wilder
as Specialty Dancer
Pat Moran
as Clown
Bill Hickman
as Handsome Man
Gilda Oliva
as Pitch Saleswoman
Walter Walker
as Pitchman
Joe McTurk
as Pitchman
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Critic Reviews for Houseboat

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Warm romance classic has realistic kid behavior.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a warm romantic comedy that is exceptionally perceptive and sensitive about the feelings of the children.

April 13, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

Innocent romantic comedy isn't one of Grant's best, but he and Loren make for interesting watching in close quarters.

August 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

The leads share so little chemistry I had to double-check the credits to make sure they were in the same movie.

July 7, 2004

Typically overlong late 50s star comedy

November 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Houseboat


Charming classic romantic comedy about a widower who has to win back his kids' hearts while living on a house boat and dealing with an unusual maid. Everything about this film feels dated, the green screen, camera work. That's not a bad thing, though, because it fits the movie perfectly and makes it such a nostalgic trip back to a time when rom coms still were charming and innocent without fart jokes. Cary Grant is of course a great leading man and Sophia Loren a cheeky counterpart. A sweet and lovable film you can still watch to have a good time, even after all those years.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is a cute and fun little romantic movie with two great stars, and I enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Cute entertaining flick from Cary Grant. Not one of his best, but I could spend two hours watching Cary Grant take out his trash. This time around he's a divorced man taking in his three young kids after their mother dies in a car accident. He hasn't been much of a father up until now, so he's having to spend a little while getting the kids to like him again. When the youngest boy wanders off during a concert and is found by Sophia Loren, she takes him back to Grant's apartment and the kids beg him to hire her as their maid. Through a series of events, the family ends up living on a houseboat. In the meantime....well, you can guess what happens from here. Cary and Sophia scratch and claw at each other first, but then instead of fur, sparks fly. Grant is gorgeous, Sophia is gorgeous, and the whole film is a fun little romp suitable for the whole family. And unlike 90% of the romcoms, this one didn't make me nauseous. Good job.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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