A monumental Sierra Madre Victorian that figured prominently in two old Hollywood features has hit the market, offering buyers a chance to not only own a striking example of Queen Anne architecture but a celebrated piece of movie history, as well! Known as the Pinney House, both Barbara Stanwyck and Bob Hope called the place home onscreen, the latter as Eddie Foy in the 1955 comedy “The Seven Little Foys.”
The biographical film chronicles the story of the popular vaudevillian who became most famous for a later-in-life act in which his seven children, from four-year-old Irving to 16-year-old Bryan, sang, danced and cut up alongside him. Per the Travalanche website, “The kids would come onstage in matching clothes, arranged in descending order of height except for Irving, who would pop out of a small carpetbag. The children would sing songs. Bryan and Charley would do impressions. Eddie would make jokes like ‘If I move to [city where they were performing], it will be a big city!’ The act was clean and wholesome and appealed to all ages.” The show became a hit with audiences and enjoyed a lengthy ten-year run, though Eddie gained a reputation for being rather strict behind the scenes, which was depicted quite starkly in “The Seven Little Foys.”
As a 1955 The New York Times review bluntly opines, “The attempts to inject some standard sentiment into the relationship of the father and his kids have not sufficient substance or sincerity to offset the taste of bile.” Harsh words, but not off base. The film definitely has an “oddly unpleasant quality,” as the review further states. Its one saving grace – besides Foy’s fun tabletop dance-off with George M. Cohan (James Cagney)? The beautiful residence at its center.
Said to be in New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York (where the Foy family lived in real life), the Pinney House can actually be found set far back from the road on a grassy plot at 225 N. Lima St., just a few blocks northwest of Sierra Madre’s quaint downtown.
Currently offered at a cool $2.99 million, the listing is held by Celine Peng and Luis Hong of KW Executive.