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Courageous Mr. Penn (1942)

Penn of Pennsylvania (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1942 (UK)
William Penn's heroic deeds, on the European and American continents, are told in this portrait of the founding father of both the Quakers and the Pennsylvania colony. Based on C.E. Vulliamy's biography "William Penn."


Lance Comfort


Anatole de Grunwald (original story and screenplay) (as Anatole deGrunwald), C.E. Vulliamy (with acknowledgements to "William Penn")


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clifford Evans ... William Penn
Deborah Kerr ... Gulielma
Dennis Arundell ... Charles II
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... King's Chaplain
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Lord Arlington
O.B. Clarence ... Lord Cecil
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Fox
Charles Carson ... Admiral Penn
Henry Oscar ... Pepys
Max Adrian ... Elton
John Stuart ... Bindle
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Cook
Edward Rigby ... Bushell
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Lord Mayor of London
J.H. Roberts ... Ford


William Penn's heroic deeds, on the European and American continents, are told in this portrait of the founding father of both the Quakers and the Pennsylvania colony. Based on C.E. Vulliamy's biography "William Penn."

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26 January 1942 (UK) See more »

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Courageous Mr. Penn See more »

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British National Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Thursday 5 February 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Baltimore Sunday 15 February 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 25 April 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 16 May 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Chicago Saturday 3 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in St. Louis Tuesday 17 August 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Sunday 3 October 1948 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Boston Sunday 10 October 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), and in Atlanta Thursday 25 November 1948 on WSB (Channel 8). See more »


In the film, William Penn says he will sign a treaty with the Algonquin Indians. Penn's Treaty was with the Lenape (sometimes called the "Delaware"). See more »

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I love this film! A beautiful, inspirational, and true story!
20 October 2016 | by jamessamjohnSee all my reviews

I am writing this review to correct the ridiculous, erroneous, and careless remarks by the other two reviewers, who MOCKINGLY and IGNORANTLY characterize the "REAL" William Penn as anything BUT a saint, as this film (CORRECTLY!) depicts him. Those other reviewers might be "movie" buffs, but they sure aren't HISTORY buffs.

William Penn WAS a SAINT, and MUCH MORE! Thomas Jefferson declared him to be "THE GREATEST LAW GIVER SINCE MOSES!" For Thomas Jefferson, one of the most WELL-READ, LEARNED and WISE men who walked the earth to make a remark like that, that's saying something! Also, the UNITED NATIONS HONORS William Penn as one of the GREATEST MEN WHO EVER LIVED, and uses PENN'S BIRTHDAY, as the DATE to CELEBRATE their OWN ANNIVERSARY! ~ THAT'S saying something! There is SOOO much I could say here, about HOW GREAT Penn was, and HOW PROVIDENTIAL and FORTUNATE it was that WE (in America) had SUCH FOUNDERS as William Penn and the Others! But, since this is a MOVIE review, let me say ~ I LOVE THIS FILM! It's ROMANTIC! It's CLASSY! It's HISTORICALLY TRUE! It's INSPIRATIONAL! EDUCATIONAL! It's PERTINENT! and SOO MUCH MORE! ~ The ONLY thing that's WRONG with this film is that it's SOOO RARE! and HARD to FIND! ~ I thank GOD, I FOUND IT!

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