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Penny to the Rescue (1941)

Chef Prudence Penny gives hints on cooking.

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Prudence Penny ...
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William Newell ...
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Chef Prudence Penny gives hints on cooking.

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25 January 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Saw this on TCM one morning before a film about the WWII home front
20 October 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I have always loved "Hints from Heloise" and other useful, resourceful and witty comments to help the homemaker. One day, while watching Turner Classic Movies, I saw a short starring a woman named Prudence Penny. Little did I know she was the Heloise for the war generation. She was full of time-saving tips and helpful hints for the homemaker. In this entertaining clip, she proposed a basket of ideas to help the newlywed housewife make the perfect dinner party for her husband and the "big boss man." I know it sounds like a throw-back to Pre-Feminism, but it was delightfully entertaining and refreshing to see something wholesome that wasn't catering to commercialism or religiosity. It is truly a helpful and enticing clip, a bit like finding your grandmother's old Betty Crocker cookbook complete with personal notes and little nuances that you might never have known before reading it. I've looked for these shorts since the moment I first saw it, but to no avail. So if you do get a chance to catch them in between old movies from the 30s or in some pop culture channel that specializes in the outdated, watch them without rolling your eyes just once. I guaranty her remedies still work today, and it will make you smile.


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