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Penny Serenade (1941) Poster

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Third of three movies that paired Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
Irene Dunne often said that this was her favorite film because it reminded her of her own adopted daughter.
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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.
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.
This movie was realeased in April 1941, 8 months before the Chungpu quake. The relationship to the real-life quake on 12/17/1941 is purely coincidental.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 8, 1944 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 16, 1941 with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne reprising their film roles.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 27, 1942 with Beulah Bondi reprising her film role.
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The record shown playing is a bat wing Victor that was produced prior to 1925, making it historically incorrect.
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Cinematographer Franz Planer started the film but became seriously ill and had to withdraw. He was replaced by Joseph Walker.
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Finnish censorship visa register # T-24247 delivered on 30-3-1995.
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