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Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 25 November 1936 (USA)
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

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(novel) (as Katharine Leslie Moore), (story) | 1 more credit »
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Susan Sprague
Edith Fellows ...
Patsy Smith
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Henry
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Gramp Smith
John Gallaudet ...
J. C. Hart
William Stack ...
Clarence B. Carmichael
Nana Bryant ...
Miss Howard
Tom Dugan ...
Crowbar Miller (as Tommy Dugan)
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Slavey - Hotel Maid
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William Byrne ...
Boy (as Billy Byrne uncredited)
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Storyline

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfather who need lots of help. This delays Larry from following his dream and going to Venice and becoming a gondolier. Instead he becomes a street singer and, while singing in the street, meets a pretty welfare worker, Susan Sprague. She takes a dim view of Patsy's welfare under the guardianship of Larry and her grandfather, and starts proceedings to have Patsy placed in an orphanage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FUN...when Crosby croons himself out of jail and lands on a merry-go-round with the meanest of brats! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »
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25 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Dinero del cielo  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis Armstrong had a #1 hit with "Hello, Dolly" which he had not heard at the time he was given the lead sheet. Jerry Herman had written the lyrics and music ©1964. Yet in "Pennies from Heaven" (1936), Louis plays "The Skeleton in the Closet" music by Arthur Johnson, and clearly plays a phrase that will become part of "Hello, Dolly!" 28 years later....."Dolly will never go away...." (repeat) It is unknown if that was in the written chart, or an improv by Armstrong. See more »

Quotes

Larry Poole: Seriously, I'm just a harmless sort of a guy - the friend of man. I envy nobody and, I'm sure, nobody envies me.
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Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

So Do I
(1936)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and
Danced by Edith Fellows
Reprised by Crosby at the orphanage and in the New York City montage
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Bel Canto Bing!
24 April 2009 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

How innocent the movies were 70 years ago! But innocent doesn't mean without cool: Bing is the paragon of smooth, then or today. And what a vehicle for several excellent pop songs: "Pennies From Heaven", of course, but also "So Do I", "Let's Call A Heart A Heart" and even "One, Two, Button My Shoe". Of course the plot is no more sophisticated than Bellini's operas, but who's really watching it for the plot when it's bel canto?! And you have to love the interplay between Bing and Louis Armstrong - and while you're watching Louis, that's Lionel Hampton playing the drums rather than vibes tonight - not many remember that he first started on the drums before moving to the vibes. I mean, what's not to like here? Check this thing out, you'll love it. Even the graphics on the hand-painted "The Haunted House Cafe" sign are fun!


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