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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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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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LAUGHS...wen a vagabond troubadour yearns for a gondola in Venice and gets a rowboat in Central Park (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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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 was hired for this movie at Bing Crosby's insistence. Crosby also insisted that Armstrong receive prominent billing, the first time a black actor shared top billing with white actors in a major release film. See more »

Quotes

Waiter: Hey Mister, you better get yourself a new waiter. I just figured out the checks and everybody seems to be a partner. The way it adds up, you've sold 110% of this restaurant. I agreed to work here for my tips and there aren't no tips. The only paying customer was that dame that just left. She give me a dime. Here, you take it. You might need it.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Let's Call a Heart a Heart
(1936)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby with Louis Armstrong and His Band
Played also as background music
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Bing Crosby and Edith Fellows
9 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pleasant if meandering Bing Crosby vehicle casts him as a man unjustly jailed who is given a note to deliver by a condemned man. Out of prison, he tracks down the Smith family in New Jersey and discovers a lonely girl (Edith Fellows) who lives with her destitute grandfather (Donald Meek). On opening the note they realize the condemned man has left them a house. Crosby ambles along with them and becomes part of the family, much to the dismay of a nosy social worker (Madge Evans). Somehow it is decided that they will open a restaurant in the house and thus provide a steady income to satisfy the social worker. No one seems unduly concerned about school or the fact that a total stranger has moved into the household.

Not a lot of logic here but Crosby and Fellows are quite good. Evans seems a little ill at ease with her character. Meek is always good. Louis Armstrong shows up as a chicken thief and bandleader/singer at the restaurant. Nana Bryant is another social worker. George Chandler is a harried waiter. Nydia Westman has a nice scene as a maid with Crosby. Harry Tyler is the cheating ring-toss man, and Tom Dugan plays daredevil manager.

Not a great film but it has a few pleasant songs, including the title number, and Crosby continues his screen persona of easy-going and decent. Fellows is quite good as the sometimes bratty girl. Evans is very pretty--too bad she did get better films and parts.


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