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Penny Wisdom (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 10 April 1937 (USA)
A "Pete Smith Specialty" on cookery.

Director:

David Miller
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Prudence Penny Prudence Penny ... Herself
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Storyline

The Smudge family cook quits suddenly. Later that day, Matthew Smudge informs his wife, Chloe, that he will be bringing home both his boss and an important client for dinner. Chloe is in a tizzy. The narrator saves the day by getting Prudence Penny, the home economist/newspaper columnist, to come to the Smudge Home and cook dinner. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 "Literary Classics Double Feature" DVD containing The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1952). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: What a mucklehead!
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Connections

References The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop Goes the Weasel
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Performed by studio orchestra
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From Disaster To Delight
6 September 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An MGM PETE SMITH SPECIALITY Short Subject.

When her cook walks out, an incompetent housewife receives PENNY WISDOM in the kitchen only minutes before her hubby's boss comes to dinner.

Pete Smith serves up his special brand of narrative lunacy in this very enjoyable short film which features Prudence Penny, Culinary Columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner. She demonstrates her cooking expertise by producing a delicious ham meal, with baked Alaska for dessert, in a short time. The food looks great in Technicolor.

This little movie, which won the Oscar for Best Short Film of 1937, was a reworking of an earlier Pete Smith short subject, MENU (1933).

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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