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Search for Misery (1964)

Pitiful Penelope's troubles begin when her husband, Roland Stone, leaves her and the quintuplets.


Bob Kuwahara


Larz Bourne (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Elvi Allen Elvi Allen ... Pitiful Penelope (voice)
Dayton Allen ... Roland Stone (voice)


Pitiful Penelope's husband, Roland Stone, announces that he is leaving Penelope and their quintuplets for reasons he refuses to give; and neither pleading nor shedding tears on the cuffs of his pants will dissuade him. As Roland speeds off in the back of a taxi, Penelope runs after him. She slams into a stop sign and ends up in traction at the hospital. Her true blue friend, Big Dehlia, offers to take care of the babies while she is incapacitated. But her false and unfaithful friend, Kay Niver, informs her that social workers have already taken them away. Pitiful Penelope's search for that "elusive bluebird of happiness" becomes ever more elusive as her predicament grows ever more desperate. Written by J. Spurlin

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Pitiful Penelope: Don't go, Roland! Don't go! You just came.
Roland Stone: I know, my darling. I just came to tell you that I must go.
Pitiful Penelope: Oh, but Roland, I need you. The quintuplets need you.
Roland Stone: Please, Penny baby! Your tears are taking the crease out of my cuffs. Oh, Penny, I must be off. You *know* I must be off.
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References Search for Tomorrow (1951) See more »

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Search for Misery was a somewhat interesting animated serial spoof from Terrytoons
19 March 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this last Terrytoons one-shot cartoon on Cartoon Brew as linked from YouTube. It's a spoof of radio soap operas complete with organ scoring and droning narration. The main character is Pitiful Penelope whose husband, Roland Stone, temporarily leaves her and the quintuplets by themselves. When Penelope hits a stop sign while running, she ends up in hospital so her friend, Big Dehlia, takes care of her babies while nemesis, Kay Niver, threatens to send them to foster care...Interesting spoof of a traditional format not to mention of some character poses though except for one scene of those quintuplets in a tug-of-war between Penelope and a foster caretaker, there isn't much that was funny visually. Still worth a look for enthusiasts of this once major cartoon studio named Terrytoons.

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