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Penny Paradise (1938)

 |  Comedy  |  20 February 1939 (UK)
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A Liverpool tug boat captain finds he's won a fortune on the penny pools and it changes his life. However, after giving up his job and throwing a large expensive party, he discovers that he... See full summary »

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A Liverpool tug boat captain finds he's won a fortune on the penny pools and it changes his life. However, after giving up his job and throwing a large expensive party, he discovers that he may not really have won after all. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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On Friday 20th May 1938 Betty Driver celebrated her 18th birthday during the shooting of the film, discovering the crew had filled her dressing room to the roof with flowers. See more »

Goofs

The name on the bows of the "new" tug clearly reads ALFRED, although in the dialogue she is referred to by the grandiose name of MERSEY QUEEN. See more »

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Featured in The Betty Driver Story (2011) See more »

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Stick Out Your Chin
Written by Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
Performed by Betty Driver
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Working up to KIPPS
25 June 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The comparison was inevitable when I saw this movie the day after I saw Carol Reed's version of KIPPS. However, while KIPPS is a serious movie leavened with humor, this is a comedy leavened with a lot of tension, and eased by the occasional song: Jimmy O'Dea sings a typical comedy piece about 'The Pride of the Coombe' and Betty Driver sings a swingy number This working class comedy is clearly a quota quickie, but also, clearly, Reed has learned his craft and the result, while no classic, is an engaging bit of fluff. The performances are sterling and the scene between Edmund Gwenn and James Harcourt is beautifully played. The camera-work is, likewise, unimpeachable: classic camera movement to maintain composition.

In short, by the time he directed this movie, Reed had the ability to direct anything that came his way. The next decade would show that.


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