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Penrod and Sam (1931)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  3 October 1931 (USA)
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Two mischievous schoolboys, Penrod and Sam, are constantly in trouble at school. They start their own club, the In-Or-In club, of which they are the only members. Two of their schoolmates, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Leon Janney ...
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
Sam (as Junior Coghlan)
Cameo the Dog ...
Duke (as Cameo)
Margaret Marquis ...
Billy Lord ...
Georgie Bassett (as Billie Lord)
Michael Stuart ...
Rodney Bitts (as Nestor Aber)
Jimmy Robinson ...
Herman Washington (as James Robinson)
Robert Dandridge ...
Verman Washington (as Robert Dandrige)
Matt Moore ...
Henry Schofield
Dorothy Peterson ...
Helen Beaudine ...
Johnny Arthur ...
Mr. Bassett
Mrs. Bassett
Charles Sellon ...
Mr. Bitts


Two mischievous schoolboys, Penrod and Sam, are constantly in trouble at school. They start their own club, the In-Or-In club, of which they are the only members. Two of their schoolmates, Georgie and Rodney, want to get into the club but are not allowed because they're always ratting out Penrod and Sam to the adults, and getting them in trouble. However, George's father complains to Penrod's father about it, who tells Penrod that they must admit the two boys. Penrod and Sam decide that if they're being forced to accept the two stool pigeons, they'll make them pay for it. Written by

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Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

3 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Penrod and Sam  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Sidney Miller. See more »


Follows Penrod (1922) See more »


My Country 'Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey ("God Save the King!") (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
Sung by the children, Elizabeth Patterson and Charles Sellon at school
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Wonderful Child Actors...
18 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

inhabit this gem of a film. Leon Janney, Junior Coghlin, and Billie Lord are the perfect Penrod, Sam, and Goergie in this gentle but funny Booth Tarkington story. Slim storyline, but the kids are so good, you forget all that. The adults aren't bad either, especially the always funny Zasu Pitts, but also good are Charles Sellon, Dorothy Peterson, Matt Moore and a hilarious scene with Elizabeth Patterson as the school marm. This is the kind of story that MGM and Mickey Rooney would have destroyed a few years later if Rooney hadn't been stuck in Andy Hardy gunk. The characters would reappear in the 50s in 2 Doris Day comedies with Billy Gray as the Penrod character.

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