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Release Date:
25 November 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
LAUGHS...wen a vagabond troubadour yearns for a gondola in Venice and gets a rowboat in Central Park (original poster) See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Slight but very charming and entertaining See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Bing Crosby ... Larry Poole

Madge Evans ... Susan Sprague
Edith Fellows ... Patsy Smith

Louis Armstrong ... Henry

Donald Meek ... Gramp Smith
John Gallaudet ... J. C. Hart
William Stack ... Clarence B. Carmichael
Nana Bryant ... Miss Howard
Tom Dugan ... Crowbar Miller (as Tommy Dugan)
Nydia Westman ... Slavey - Hotel Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Anderson Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
William Anderson ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Detective Stephens (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Old Man (uncredited)
Jimmy Barnes ... Boy (uncredited)
Georgie Billings ... Boy (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective Gilroy (uncredited)
Jackie Butler ... Boy (uncredited)
Billy Byrne ... Boy (uncredited)
Bobby Callahan ... Boy (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Waiter (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Hay Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Chicken Farmer (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Union Costume Supply Man (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Nightclub Table Extra (uncredited)
Billy Dooley ... W.F. Arbuthnot (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Lionel Hampton ... Band Member (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Collector of Taxes (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Nightclub / Dance Extra (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Little Woman at Window (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Nightclub Attendee (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ... Boy (uncredited)
Louis Armstrong and His Band ... Musicians (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... White-Haired Woman (uncredited)
Burton Cagney Miller ... Boy (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Old Man (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Coin Tosser (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Sign Painter (uncredited)
Anne Schaefer ... Lady (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Smiling Cop in Central Park (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Carnival Concessionaire (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Restaurant Partner (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Warden (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
 
Writing credits
Katherine Leslie Moore (novel "The Peacock Feather") (as Katharine Leslie Moore)

William Rankin (story)

Jo Swerling (screenplay)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Grant Still (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Pittack (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
John Rawlins 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Earl Rettig .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn Rominger .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Stoll .... musical director
John Scott Trotter .... music arranger
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Norman Blackburn .... technical advisor
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation of California Ltd.
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2402) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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:
Susan Sprague:Are you married?
Larry Poole:No, I'm sane!
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Soundtrack:
Pennies From HeavenSee more »

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Slight but very charming and entertaining, 11 April 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

There is not much actually that's wrong with Pennies from Heaven, other than that the story is very slight and you have no trouble figuring out how it's all going to end and that Madge Evans would have seemed more comfortable if she had more to do. Pennies from Heaven is not a lavish-looking film, nor was that needed. Besides the production values do look lovely, the Haunted House setting is inspired and it is most competently shot and directed. The score has the right amount of whimsy and energy, and the songs will definitely warm your heart. Pennies from Heaven's Oscar-nomination was more than justified as it is a truly appealing song in all respects and is heavenly sung by Bing Crosby. But my personal favourite goes to Skeleton in the Closet, which managed to be hilarious and spooky. The script is appropriately snappy with a lot of heart that doesn't resort to mawkishness. No matter how slight and predictable the story is, it still moves swiftly, it's coherent and the warmth and heart the film has is most endearing. Admittedly, yes it is sentimental, but it knows that and the sentiment is not overly-so. Bing Crosby is reason enough to see any film, and he certainly doesn't disappoint, giving a charismatic and (incredibly) appealingly heart-warming performance and singing beautifully as always. Especially in Pennies from Heaven, which he also gives a very moving quality to. He shares convincing chemistry with Edith Fellows, who does a great job being cute and sassy, she didn't seem that much of a brat to me. Donald Meek is typically wonderful, and seeing early-career Louis Armstrong in Skeleton in the Closet was surprising in a pleasant way. All in all, very charming and entertaining, great for Bing fans. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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