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Penelope (1966)

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000.

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James B. Elcott
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Dr. Gregory Mannix
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Lt. Bixbee
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Professor Klobb
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Sadaba
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Ducky
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Mildred
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Major Higgins
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Bank Manager
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Honeysuckle Rose
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Miss Serena
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Sgt. Rothschild
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Boom Boom
Iggie Wolfington ...
Store Owner
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When James met Penelope at a club, it took all of three weeks before they were married. But after the marriage, other women became attracted to James and he kept getting promoted, which took him away from Penelope. So Penelope puts on a disguise and robs her husband's bank. Her psychiatrist, Greg, believes that this condition is caused by James being over worked and under romantic with Penelope. She also tells Greg that she robs the business associates of James. But Greg is in love with Penelope - in fact everyone likes her. The problem is when she confesses to her crimes, no one believes her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The worlds most beautiful bank-robber See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Min kone er bankrøver  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Three years earlier, Dick Shawn, Jonathan Winters, and Peter Falk all starred together in "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, after the bank robbery and her visit to Bergdorf's, Penelope enters James' (Dick Shawn) office and tosses her mink on to a chair and it promptly slides off. After an immediate cut to where she is lying on the shrink's couch, in the back ground, the fur is draped over the back of the chair. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are animated. Black hands without a body steal the diamonds contained in the first letter in the first name of the actors and crew members. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The King of the Duplicators (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldier:
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur Sullivan and Sabine Baring-Gould
Performed by the Salvation Army Band
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Maltin Gets It Wrong Once Again! It's actually quite fun.
26 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't call it a classic, but PENELOPE is definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon. Natalie Wood is gorgeous and quite funny in the title role, and she has an amazing wardrobe. Dick Shawn and Peter Falk (practicing for COLUMBO?) provide strong supporting performances as a psychiatrist and a police lieutenant, respectively. Unfortunately, Ian Bannen lacks charisma, making it hard to believe that "Penelope" would choose his character over every other man in NYC. With its bright, bold colors and criminal exploits, PENELOPE plays like an extended episode of the "Batman" TV series. In fact, the film includes a reference to Batman. Definitely a must-see for Natalie Wood fans.


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