Cary Grant and Sophia Loren “The Dance” – Extremely Romantic from Houseboat
Houseboat is a 1958 Technicolor romantic comedy film starring Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert, and Mimi Gibson. The movie was directed by Melville Shavelson, who also directed the original version of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). The love theme “Almost In Your Arms”, and “Bing! Bang! Bong!”, sung by Loren, were written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
In real life cary Grant’s wife Betsy Drake wrote the original script, and Grant originally intended that she would star with him. After he began an affair with Loren while filming The Pride and the Passion (1957), Grant arranged for Loren to take Drake’s place with a rewritten script for which Drake did not receive credit. The affair ended in bitterness before The Pride and the Passion ’s filming ended, causing problems on the Houseboat set. Grant hoped to resume the relationship, but Loren agreed to marry Carlo Ponti instead.
]Parts of the movie were filmed in Fort Washington, Maryland on the Potomac River and Piscataway Creek at the present site of Fort Washington marina.
This film was also shot on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.
The amusement park featured in the movie was Glen Echo Park, located on the Potomac River in the Cabin John section of Montgomery County, Maryland.
The home in opening scene is located in Mt Vernon Alexandria, on the Potomac River in Virginia.
The hotel featured in the movie is the former Continental Hotel, located on Capitol Hill until it was demolished in the 1970s.
Also featured is the former Watergate barge stage behind the Lincoln Memorial on the Potomac River (1935-1965). (The Watergate barge is not to be confused with the Watergate complex.)
The film was nominated for two Oscar Awards: one for Best Original Song for “Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from Houseboat)”, and the other for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen.
Harry Guardino was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The movie won Golden Laurel Awards for Top Comedy and Top Male Comedy Performance by Cary Grant.
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