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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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Applejack
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Dotty
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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A STORY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED...and those who have never loved, but hope to! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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24 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akkorde der Liebe  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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The record shown playing is a bat wing Victor that was produced prior to 1925. 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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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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Soundtracks

These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Link
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell) and Jack Strachey
Played as background music
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A truly sweet and sentimental film.
24 November 2004 | by (Stroudsburg, PA) – See all my reviews

I wasn't much of a Cary Grant fan until I saw this film for the first time about 10 years ago, and I also discovered the embodiment of grace and charm that is Irene Dunne as well. Cary Grant is at his most charming and gives a very amusing and, at times, very very touching performance as a new dad. When he gives his heart-rending speech to the child custody judge and begs to keep his adopted baby girl, it brings a lump to my throat every time I see it. Irene Dunne was a classy lady in anything she did, and can be as quietly funny as she can be dramatic, as she demonstrated in this film. She was a great "straight-man," too, to Cary Grant's more animated role. I truly love this film.


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