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Penny Wisdom (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 10 April 1937 (USA)
A "Pete Smith Specialty" on cookery.

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The Smudge family cook quits suddenly. Later that day, Matthew Smudge informs his wife, Chloe, that he will be bringing home both his boss and an important client for dinner. Chloe is in a tizzy. The narrator saves the day by getting Prudence Penny, the home economist/newspaper columnist, to come to the Smudge Home and cook dinner. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The narrator says the whole dinner cost only $2.83, which is $46.74 in 2015 dollars. See more »

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Narrator: What a mucklehead!
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References The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
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Performed by studio orchestra
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Culinary Expert comes to the help of helpless housewife...
5 June 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is a rehash of a similar short produced a few years earlier called "Menu". Like the previous short, this one is also in Technicolor, much improved over the intervening years, and stars PRUDENCE PENNY, a culinary expert who specialized in home economics and wrote a column a Chicago newspaper.

As in the previous short, a housewife is badly in need of help before company arrives with her husband. She calls for the services of Prudence Penny, who shows up prepared to whip up a meal on short notice. The results look appetizing enough, especially in color.

Once again, the best feature of this short is the narration which manages to remain bright and witty throughout. By the time it's over, you may want to whip up a little snack for yourself.


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