Penelope (1966)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  10 November 1966 (USA)
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Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000.



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Complete credited cast:
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Lou Jacobi ...
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Amzie Strickland ...
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The worlds most beautiful bank-robber See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

10 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Min kone er bankrøver  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dirk Bogarde turned down the role ultimately played by Ian Bannen. See more »


In the opening scenes, Penelope is shown riding in the back seat of a 1960/1961 Ford taxicab. Moments later she gets out of a 1966 Ford taxicab. 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 »


Featured in Penelope's Fashion Show (1966) See more »


Words by Leslie Bricusse
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
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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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