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Pennies from Heaven
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Release Date:
25 November 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
LAUGHS...when 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:
Bel Canto Bing! See more (18 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)
Martha Manor ... Little Orphan Girl (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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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2402) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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:
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 we haven't got a hundred cents!
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Soundtrack:
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Bel Canto Bing!, 24 April 2009
Author: jnfz from Washington, D.C.

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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