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Penny Serenade (1941)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  24 April 1941 (USA)
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A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

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Complete credited cast:
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Julie Gardiner Adams
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Miss Oliver
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Applejack Carney
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Dotty 'Dot'
Eva Lee Kuney ...
Trina (at the Age of 6 Years)
Leonard Willey ...
Doctor Hartley
Wallis Clark ...
Judge
Walter Soderling ...
Billings
Jane Biffle ...
Trina (at the Age of 1 Year) (as Baby Biffle)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Brown ...
Man (scenes deleted)
Bess Flowers ...
Mother (scenes deleted)
Eddie Laughton ...
Cab Driver (scenes deleted)
Adrian Morris ...
Bill Collector (scenes deleted)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Train Conductor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she begins to play through a stack of recordings, each of which reminds her of events in their lives together. One of them is the song that was playing when she and Roger first met in a music store. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows that they have shared. A flood of memories comes back to her as she ponders their present problems and how they arose. Written by Snow Leopard

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Excitingly Re-united! Your favorites of "THE AWFUL TRUTH" in the kind of love story you have been waiting to see! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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24 April 1941 (USA)  »

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Penny Serenade  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 27, 1942 with Beulah Bondi reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Julie Gardiner Adams: We don't need each other anymore. When that happens to two people, there's nothing left.
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Three O'Clock in the Morning
Music by Julián Robledo
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
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excellent performances but an odd ending
27 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are very good in this bittersweet romance, mainly made up of flashbacks with the links between them being records from the past played by Dunne. We see the couple through their first meeting, marriage, move abroad, and so on. The central thread of the story is when they adopt a baby girl, Trina, who fills the void in their marriage. When Trina dies as a child it seems there is nothing more to hold them together.

Edgar Buchanan is excellent as uncle Applejack, the printer who knows how to handle babies, and the little girl playing Trina is cutesy cute in the nativity play scene. Grant's best moment is in the judge's office when he pleads to be allowed to keep his adopted daughter (because she isn't like an automobile you take back when you can't keep up the payments). The ending however is weak; another baby is found for them to adopt and all their troubles are over. This feels rushed and doesn't really work. Otherwise, a well put together film which is typical of the time it was made.


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