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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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Miss Oliver
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Applejack Carney
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Dotty 'Dot'
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Trina (at the Age of 6 Years)
Leonard Willey ...
Doctor Hartley
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Walter Soderling ...
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Jane Biffle ...
Trina (at the Age of 1 Year) (as Baby Biffle)
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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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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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A STORY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED...and those who have never loved, but hope to! See more »

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24 April 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Irene Dunne often said that this was her favorite film because it reminded her of her own adopted daughter. See more »

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Judge: [Judge firmly addressing two unseen attorneys] I'll give you an opportunity to better prepare your facts.
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Man: The Adams case.
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Judge: if either one or both of you gentlemen conduct yourselves like you've been doing today I'll hold you in contempt, the both of ya!
Judge: [Walks into chambers, sees Roger, Miss Oliver, and the baby all seated. Sits at desk] Uh, oh this is the child in ...
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Silent Night, Holy Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics anonymous
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Unusual, but sad story
21 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Cary Grant plays a newspaper reporter who falls in love and marries Irene Dunne, whom he meets at a record store. While abroad in Japan, tragedy strikes for the couple, which sets the course for the story. It really is a simple story about how a married couple long for having a home and a family of their own. Grant surprised me with his family man role, quite different from the sophisticated characters he played later on in his career. His monologue during the adoption hearing was one of the best scenes in the whole movie and very well done. Irene Dunne was great in her role as his wife. The little girl who plays their daughter was too cute for words. It was also an interesting insight into how a couple struggles to raise their first child, which is something many people can relate to, no matter what the time period. It was also interesting the way Dunne went through all the flashback scenes in the movie by playing records that reminded her of their life together. Beulah Bondi (who played George Bailey's mother from It's A Wonderful Life) has a great supporting role as the head of the adoption agency who has doubts about the couple at first, but then grows to care a great deal for them. The ending was a complete surprise. If you like Cary Grant or old Hollywood movies, this is something different. Sad, but sentimental. Recommended.


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