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86 Ratings


Directed by Melville Shavelson
United States, 1958
Comedy, Romance


Tom Winston, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. He gets a little unexpected help from Cinzia, when the children decide she is be the new maid. She is actually an Italian socialite who is trying to get away from her overprotective father.

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Houseboat Directed by Melville Shavelson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1959 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

Writers Guild of America

1959 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1959 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

What are people saying?

  • Arisa's rating of the film Houseboat

    I was watching this on TCM and when Robert Osborne was giving those little on-the-set tidbits he always shares, he said that Sophia Loren's role was originally going to go to Carey Grant's wife, but that HE opted for the switch so he could try to seduce Loren. Needless to say, it didn't work because as assurance she brought Carlo Ponti to the set with her.