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Penrod and Sam (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy | 3 October 1931 (USA)
Two mischievous schoolboys, Penrod and Sam, are constantly in trouble at school. They start their own club, the In-Or-In club, of which they are the only members. Two of their schoolmates, ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Booth Tarkington (story), Waldemar Young (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leon Janney ... Penrod
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Sam (as Junior Coghlan)
Cameo the Dog Cameo the Dog ... Duke (as Cameo)
Margaret Marquis ... Marjorie Jones
Billy Lord Billy Lord ... Georgie Bassett (as Billie Lord)
Michael Stuart Michael Stuart ... Rodney Bitts (as Nestor Aber)
Jimmy Robinson Jimmy Robinson ... Herman Washington (as James Robinson)
Robert Dandridge Robert Dandridge ... Verman Washington (as Robert Dandrige)
Matt Moore ... Henry Schofield
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Schofield
Helen Beaudine Helen Beaudine ... Margaret Schofield
Johnny Arthur ... Mr. Bassett
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Bassett
Charles Sellon ... Mr. Bitts
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Two mischievous schoolboys, Penrod and Sam, are constantly in trouble at school. They start their own club, the In-Or-In club, of which they are the only members. Two of their schoolmates, Georgie and Rodney, want to get into the club but are not allowed because they're always ratting out Penrod and Sam to the adults, and getting them in trouble. However, George's father complains to Penrod's father about it, who tells Penrod that they must admit the two boys. Penrod and Sam decide that if they're being forced to accept the two stool pigeons, they'll make them pay for it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Penrod and Sam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sidney Miller. See more »

Connections

Followed by Penrod and Sam (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
(1796) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played as dance music at the birthday party
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Wonderful Child Actors...
18 May 2002 | by elpep49See all my reviews

inhabit this gem of a film. Leon Janney, Junior Coghlin, and Billie Lord are the perfect Penrod, Sam, and Goergie in this gentle but funny Booth Tarkington story. Slim storyline, but the kids are so good, you forget all that. The adults aren't bad either, especially the always funny Zasu Pitts, but also good are Charles Sellon, Dorothy Peterson, Matt Moore and a hilarious scene with Elizabeth Patterson as the school marm. This is the kind of story that MGM and Mickey Rooney would have destroyed a few years later if Rooney hadn't been stuck in Andy Hardy gunk. The characters would reappear in the 50s in 2 Doris Day comedies with Billy Gray as the Penrod character.


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