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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 »
User Reviews:
A trifle in Bing's career saved by a few pleasant songs... 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:
William Byrne ... Boy (as Billy Byrne uncredited)
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)
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)

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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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A trifle in Bing's career saved by a few pleasant songs..., 11 December 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN has an improbable story about a drifter (BING CROSBY) who plays the lute and sings for his supper at a nightclub he opens at The Haunted House Cafe. The house has been inherited by DONALD COOK and EDITH FELLOWS from a prisoner on death row who wills the house to them as atonement for having killed the girl's father and is turned into a café by Bing and his friends, including LOUIS ARMSTRONG who is the vocalist and trumpet player.

The main focal of the plot is Bing's relationship with bratty little Edith Fellows, who causes no end of trouble throughout and is the most irritating factor about the whole thing although she's meant to be amusing and cute. MADGE EVANS as a social worker brings some sense of practicality to the whole affair and DONALD COOK provides some good humor, but the script meanders all over the place.

Crosby makes the role of the drifter pleasant enough but his character is never quite believable. Only when the musical numbers are played does the film reach any real level of entertainment, particularly during the "haunted" number at the café featuring a skeleton dance while Louis Armstrong belts out the song.

This is a harmless trifle in Bing's career, on loan to Columbia before his big successes at Paramount, and mostly because he delivers a few songs in his unmistakable crooning style, particularly the title tune.

Bing is his usual amiable self, but the script is miserable. He is credited with giving Armstrong a break by insisting that he be given prominent billing, a breakthrough for Louis. They would appear in four films together throughout Crosby's career.

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