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Penny Paradise (1938)

A Liverpool tug boat captain finds he's won a fortune on the penny pools and it changes his life. However, after giving up his job and throwing a large expensive party, he discovers that he... See full summary »

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Thomas Browne (dialogue), Thomas Browne (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Gwenn ... Joe Higgins
Betty Driver ... Betty Higgins
Jimmy O'Dea Jimmy O'Dea ... Pat
Ethel Coleridge Ethel Coleridge ... Aunt Agnes
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Widow Clegg
Jack Livesey ... Bert
Syd Crossley Syd Crossley ... Uncle Lancelot
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Amos Cook
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... Policeman
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A Liverpool tug boat captain finds he's won a fortune on the penny pools and it changes his life. However, after giving up his job and throwing a large expensive party, he discovers that he may not really have won after all. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1939 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On Friday 20th May 1938 Betty Driver celebrated her 18th birthday during the shooting of the film, discovering the crew had filled her dressing room to the roof with flowers. See more »

Goofs

The name on the bows of the "new" tug clearly reads ALFRED, although in the dialogue she is referred to by the grandiose name of MERSEY QUEEN. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Betty Driver Story (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Mrs. Mulligan's One of the Quality Now
(uncredited)
Written by Harry O'Donovan
Performed by Jimmy O'Dea
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Cheer up generic northerners, you'd hate being well off.
24 July 2017 | by lkojmtSee all my reviews

Carol 'The Third Man' Reed directed this, and there are very few hints here at his future greatness. Set in a time before good- looking people had been invented, and on the Liverpool docks where, bizarrely, all the characters but one have Yorkshire accents (the only other accent being a sort of cod Irish) it sets out to show the working class as sort of heroic and noble.

Does it succeed? Well sort of. The story is so very simple - a poor but happy man almost becomes rich and unhappy. It's the sort of chin-up, mustn't grumble, know-your-place-common-folk theme we see in so many British films, of any era. And it left me thinking: did these films merely reflect that British identity, or were they attempting to invent it? If the producers didn't know or care that Liverpool has it's own accent, distinct identity and sense of humour, what was the point of setting it there specifically? Also, it teeters on a edge of Kitchen sink realism at times (check out the little flat behind the chip shop, sad widow dreaming her dreams) but never dares question anything, big or small, not even light-heartedly.


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