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Penny Wisdom (1937)

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Traditional
Performed by studio orchestra
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Fun Short
15 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Penny Wisdom (1937)

*** (out of 4)

Fun, Oscar-winning short from Pete Smith tells the story of a housewife who receives a call from her husband saying he's bringing the boss home for dinner. The wife ends up ruining the dinner but have no fear because the famous cook Prudence Penny, from various Chicago newspapers, comes in and shows her how to make a great meal very quickly. This is pretty much a reworked version of Smith's 1933 film Menu but in my opinion this one here is a lot better. Gertrude Short does a pretty good job as the wife as she has a certainly look and style that makes it seem like she'd be the type to ruin a dinner. The uncertain nature of her character is perfectly brought out by Short. Penny does a pretty nice job as well even though she pretty much just has to smile and cook the food. The film being in Technicolor was fairly rare for this type of short but perhaps it helped in the Oscar voting. I guess the best thing to say about the film is that it made me quite hungry while watching it.


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