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Courageous Mr. Penn (1942)

Penn of Pennsylvania (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1942 (UK)
William Penn's heroic deeds, on the European and American continents, are told in this portrait of the founding father of both the Quakers and the Pennsylvania colony. Based on C.E. Vulliamy's biography "William Penn."

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(original story and screenplay) (as Anatole deGrunwald), (with acknowledgements to "William Penn")
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William Penn
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Gulielma
Dennis Arundell ...
Charles II
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
King's Chaplain
D.J. Williams ...
Lord Arlington
O.B. Clarence ...
Lord Cecil
James Harcourt ...
Fox
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Admiral Penn
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Pepys
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Elton
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Bindle
Maire O'Neill ...
Cook
Edward Rigby ...
Bushell
Joss Ambler ...
Lord Mayor of London
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Ford (as J. H. Roberts)
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William Penn's heroic deeds, on the European and American continents, are told in this portrait of the founding father of both the Quakers and the Pennsylvania colony. Based on C.E. Vulliamy's biography "William Penn."

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Thursday 5 February 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Sunday 15 February 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 25 April 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 16 May 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Chicago Saturday 3 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in St. Louis Tuesday 17 August 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), and in Philadelphia Sunday 3 October 1948 on WCAU (Channel 10). See more »

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In the film, William Penn says he will sign a treaty with the Algonquin Indians. Penn's Treaty was with the Lenape (sometimes called the "Delaware"). See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "IN ESSENTIALS UNITY- NON-ESSENTIALS LIBERTY-IN ALL THINGS CHARITY OUT OF OUR UNITY WILL COME THE GREATER UNITY TO EUROPE AND THE WORLD"

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William Penn 1643-1718
23 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Penn Of Pennsylvania was one of those films that was made to encourage Anglo-American relations and had the misfortune of not being released before Pearl Harbor when America was given no option but to join the Allied cause. It's purpose was clearly to butter up the Americans to show we had a lot more that united us across the pond than what divided us. William Penn however was a great deal more complex than the saintly man you see here.

What was shown is true enough about Penn and his first wife played by Clifford Evans and Deborah Kerr. After the action of this film is concluded Penn did marry again and between the two wives had enough children to populate Pennsylvania all by himself. The guy you see however is someone you can't imagine doing any propagating.

William Penn was a lot of things, but definitely not a saint. Why Evans played him and the writers wrote him as a Francis of Assissi like character boggles the mind. Historians will scorn this film and the general public will find Evans as Penn totally unrealistic.

As was pointed out in another review, having the one Indian character made up like a 19th century plains Indian as opposed to someone who might have been in one of the Iroquois was also an example of horrible research. But to a British public who saw American westerns these were the Indians you had to give them.

The saintly Penn and the dutiful wife made for some dull viewing as well. Clifford Arundell playing Charles II who no one ever accused of saintly behavior provides some interesting moments. I doubt though that the Merry Monarch was as farsighted as all that. In his own way Charles was far more tolerant than Penn was in real life.

Penn Of Pennsylvania is a ponderous film about a saint that never existed.


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