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Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 25 November 1936 (USA)
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Katherine Leslie Moore (novel) (as Katharine Leslie Moore), William Rankin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Larry Poole
Madge Evans ... Susan Sprague
Edith Fellows ... Patsy Smith
Louis Armstrong ... Henry
Donald Meek ... Gramp Smith
John Gallaudet ... J. C. Hart
William Stack William Stack ... Clarence B. Carmichael
Nana Bryant ... Miss Howard
Tom Dugan ... Crowbar Miller (as Tommy Dugan)
Nydia Westman ... Slavey - Hotel Maid
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Storyline

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfather who need lots of help. This delays Larry from following his dream and going to Venice and becoming a gondolier. Instead he becomes a street singer and, while singing in the street, meets a pretty welfare worker, Susan Sprague. She takes a dim view of Patsy's welfare under the guardianship of Larry and her grandfather, and starts proceedings to have Patsy placed in an orphanage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FUN...when Crosby croons himself out of jail and lands on a merry-go-round with the meanest of brats! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinero del cielo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis Armstrong had a #1 hit with "Hello, Dolly" which he had not heard at the time he was given the lead sheet. Jerry Herman had written the lyrics and music ©1964. Yet in "Pennies from Heaven" (1936), Louis plays "The Skeleton in the Closet" music by Arthur Johnson, and clearly plays a phrase that will become part of "Hello, Dolly!" 28 years later....."Dolly will never go away...." (repeat) It is unknown if that was in the written chart, or an improv by Armstrong. See more »

Quotes

Waiter: Hey Mister, you better get yourself a new waiter. I just figured out the checks and everybody seems to be a partner. The way it adds up, you've sold 110% of this restaurant. I agreed to work here for my tips and there aren't no tips. The only paying customer was that dame that just left. She give me a dime. Here, you take it. You might need it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Founder (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

So Do I
(1936)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby and
Danced by Edith Fellows
Reprised by Crosby at the orphanage and in the New York City montage
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Dated But Pure Crosby
12 December 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

Bing Crosby is one of the few performers who while he performed in over 70 films while he was alive, was so talented he has now appeared as a performer in just as many after his death in archive footage. He was a very shrewd Businessman too. This film, released by Columbia, was really made by a production company partly owned by Bing. A lot of film historians forget how Democratic the earlier years of films were where often the actors owned their own productions before the studio system really took over in the late 1930's. The big stars like Crosby even later than this had the power to own their own films and get a piece of the box office.

This film has the major attraction of Crosby in his prime with plenty of support and a fine performance by Louis Armstrong who is one of the great musical performers of the era too. Directed by Norman Z McCleoud who is a comedy director with Monkey Business & Horsefeathers, 2 of the great Marx Brothers films already on his resume, this film flows along quite nicely. The script is light hearted and puts together just enough plot to get through all the great musical numbers.

This is the type of film that isn't made anymore but is great to see, especially since a lot of Crosbys work is very entertaining. This one holds up well even today after all these years.


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