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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
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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)
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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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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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Remember the tune they were singing... the night we fell in love?... See more »

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24 April 1941 (USA)  »

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Akkorde der Liebe  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The earthquake depicted in the movie was historically correct. The Chungpu Earthquake was a magnitude 7.1 earthquake which occurred on December 17, 1941 at 03:19 local time, and was centered on the town of Chungpu in Taiwan which was a Japanese colony at the time of the quake. It was the fourth-deadliest earthquake of the 20th century in Taiwan. 358 people died and a further 733 people were injured. 4,520 dwellings were completely destroyed, and 11,086 were partially destroyed. As it hit just ten days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, false rumors were spread that the earthquake was caused by retaliatory United States bombing. 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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Julie Gardiner Adams: We don't need each other anymore. When that happens to two people, there's nothing left.
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I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue Eyed Baby
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Music by Pete Wendling
Lyrics by Charles O'Flynn
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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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