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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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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 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

Patsy Smith: Ain't it a elegant opening night?
Larry Poole: You mean closing night.
Patsy Smith: Huh?
Larry Poole: Sergeant, you see gathered here tonight, more deadheads than have ever been collected under a single roof and they're all in on rain checks. The head waiter just quit, too. When our entertainers find out what their percentage is going to be, I have an idea they'll also quit. We got bills up to here. The Tax Collector was just in to tell me if we don't get a license, he's going to close us up and a license costs a hundred dollars and...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
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Traditional children's song
Sung by Bing Crosby, Edith Fellows and Donald Meek on the hay wagon
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Bing Crosby brings his usual charm in the movie Pennies from Heaven
28 January 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this touching and musically entertaining Bing Crosby movie on YouTube. In this one, Bing's a released prisoner who's promised a condemned man to give a note to a family named Smith. That turns out to be a grandpa (Donald Meek) with a granddaughter named Patsy (Edith Fellows). I'll stop there and just say that this movie provides both enough compelling drama and light comedy to be worthy of the length it takes to get to the fitting conclusion. And the songs are good enough to get one humming though the highlight is one done by the great Satchmo-Louis Armstrong-who provides a rollicking tune called "Skeleton in the Closet" that provides a fun thrill on its own. There's also a female orphanage rep (Madge Evans) who becomes a potential love interest for Bing. Really, Pennies from Heaven is just a dandy fine picture that should make you a fan of Crosby's music if you're not already. P.S. This movie has a couple of Our Gang/Little Rascals connections: Ms. Fellows appeared in a couple of their shorts-Birthday Blues and Mush and Milk. And while this movie was being shot, then-current members Spanky, Darla, Buckwheat, and of course Alfalfa shared a song with Crosby and Ms. Fellows on set which I found out when I saw a picture of them in the book "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang" by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann. The other connection was Mickey Daniels-he plays a Hay Wagon Driver that takes Bing, Patsy, and her grandfather to the "haunted house"-who was one of the original members when the series started in 1922.


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