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Penny Serenade (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 1941 (USA)
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Morrie Ryskind (screen play), Martha Cheavens (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Julie Gardiner
Cary Grant ... Roger Adams
Beulah Bondi ... Miss Oliver
Edgar Buchanan ... Applejack
Ann Doran ... Dotty
Eva Lee Kuney Eva Lee Kuney ... Trina (at the Age of 6 Years)
Leonard Willey Leonard Willey ... Doctor Hartley
Wallis Clark ... Judge
Walter Soderling ... Billings
Jane Biffle Jane Biffle ... Trina (at the Age of 1 Year) (as Baby Biffle)
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Storyline

As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she begins to play through a stack of recordings, each of which reminds her of events in their lives together. One of them is the song that was playing when she and Roger first met in a music store. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows that they have shared. A flood of memories comes back to her as she ponders their present problems and how they arose. Written by Snow Leopard

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Taglines:

REMEMBER THE NIGHT THEY WERE SINGING..."THE NIGHT WE FELL IN LOVE"? - (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penny Serenade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Closing credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictional and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

The record shown playing is a bat wing Victor that was produced prior to 1925, making it historically incorrect. See more »

Quotes

Roger Adams: She's yours, dear. Ours, now and forever. Nothing can ever take her from us now.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer-colored version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: The Weight (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue Eyed Baby
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Pete Wendling
Lyrics by Charles O'Flynn
Played and sung at the New Year's Eve party
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Classy Dunne and Grant movie
8 December 2004 | by SoftKitten80See all my reviews

Irene Dunne is a class act all the way. A real lady, and it comes out in this film. While she and Grant always look like movie stars in the film, you can't stop noticing that they look like movie stars, they do their job and do it to perfection. Only two A-level actors could carry this tear jerker off well. The adoption lady was also realistic and convincing. The little girl or baby, whichever children played them, were the cutest and sweetest I've ever seen in film. Irene Dunne cannot hit a false note, ever, it seems. She looks marvelous in everything she wears, be it a simple housedress or pajamas. Same with Cary Grant, he wears the clothes. The penny serenade theme and the way the camera plays with the records is really magic. This film is a gift to the audience. Grant and Dunne show their adeptness at establishing and making us believe they are an intimate married couple. Irene Dunne is at the height of sensitivity and softness here, a true lady with beautiful hair and hairstyles. What a movie. And one cannot forget our beloved Apple Jack, such a sweet soul.


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