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Penny Serenade (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 1941 (USA)
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

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Trina (at the Age of 6 Years)
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Doctor Hartley
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Trina (at the Age of 1 Year) (as Baby Biffle)
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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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Also Known As:

La canción del recuerdo  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a flagrant disregard of the then Production Code, it would appear that Irene Dunne and Cary Grant share a marital bed instead of separate ones. Also, there's an implication that the two have sex on a train, something unheard of in the morally hidebound 1940s. See more »

Goofs

The record shown playing is a bat wing Victor that was produced prior to 1925, making it historically incorrect. 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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Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: Penny Serenade (1955) See more »

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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