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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 »


Norman Z. McLeod


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




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


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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Happiest of all his happy hits! (Title lobby card for 1949 reissue). See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


Passed | See all certifications »

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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Richard Carle (Mr. Briggs), Eddie Borden (Mr. Bilkins), Maston Williams (Prisoner) and Nick Copeland (Middle-aged Man). Reviews list Tom Ricketts in the role of Mr. Briggs. but he was not seen in movie either. See more »


Patsy Smith: Ain't it a elegant opening night?
Larry Poole: You mean closing night.
Patsy Smith: Huh?
Larry Poole: Sergeant, you see gathered here tonight, more deadheads than have ever been collected under a single roof and they're all in on rain checks. The head waiter just quit, too. When our entertainers find out what their percentage is going to be, I have an idea they'll also quit. We got bills up to here. The Tax Collector was just in to tell me if we don't get a license, he's going to close us up and a license costs a hundred dollars and we...
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Referenced in It Ain't Half Hot Mum: Puddings from Heaven (1977) See more »


Let's Call a Heart a Heart
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby with Louis Armstrong and His Band
Played also as background music
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Bing Crosby and Edith Fellows
9 December 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Pleasant if meandering Bing Crosby vehicle casts him as a man unjustly jailed who is given a note to deliver by a condemned man. Out of prison, he tracks down the Smith family in New Jersey and discovers a lonely girl (Edith Fellows) who lives with her destitute grandfather (Donald Meek). On opening the note they realize the condemned man has left them a house. Crosby ambles along with them and becomes part of the family, much to the dismay of a nosy social worker (Madge Evans). Somehow it is decided that they will open a restaurant in the house and thus provide a steady income to satisfy the social worker. No one seems unduly concerned about school or the fact that a total stranger has moved into the household.

Not a lot of logic here but Crosby and Fellows are quite good. Evans seems a little ill at ease with her character. Meek is always good. Louis Armstrong shows up as a chicken thief and bandleader/singer at the restaurant. Nana Bryant is another social worker. George Chandler is a harried waiter. Nydia Westman has a nice scene as a maid with Crosby. Harry Tyler is the cheating ring-toss man, and Tom Dugan plays daredevil manager.

Not a great film but it has a few pleasant songs, including the title number, and Crosby continues his screen persona of easy-going and decent. Fellows is quite good as the sometimes bratty girl. Evans is very pretty--too bad she did get better films and parts.

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Release Date:

25 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinero del cielo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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