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Penny Serenade (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 24 April 1941 (USA)
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Morrie Ryskind (screen play), Martha Cheavens (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Julie Gardiner
Cary Grant ... Roger Adams
Beulah Bondi ... Miss Oliver
Edgar Buchanan ... Applejack
Ann Doran ... Dotty
Eva Lee Kuney Eva Lee Kuney ... Trina (at the Age of 6 Years)
Leonard Willey Leonard Willey ... Doctor Hartley
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Judge
Walter Soderling ... Billings
Jane Biffle Jane Biffle ... Trina (at the Age of 1 Year) (as Baby Biffle)
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Storyline

As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she begins to play through a stack of recordings, each of which reminds her of events in their lives together. One of them is the song that was playing when she and Roger first met in a music store. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows that they have shared. A flood of memories comes back to her as she ponders their present problems and how they arose. Written by Snow Leopard

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Taglines:

Excitingly Re-united! Your favorites of "THE AWFUL TRUTH" in the kind of love story you have been waiting to see! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La canción del recuerdo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It appears Julie and Roger were in Japan c. 1930. The song "You Were Meant for Me" came out in 1929 and the yen-dollar exchange rate was about 2:1 in 1930-1931. The 2,000 yen Roger tells Julie the household costs in Japan would equal the $1,000 he says. That would equate to $14,500 in 2017. See more »

Goofs

The record shown playing is a bat wing Victor that was produced prior to 1925, making it historically incorrect. See more »

Quotes

Judge: [Judge firmly addressing two unseen attorneys] I'll give you an opportunity to better prepare your facts.
Man: [Hands Judge some papers] Adoption proceedings, the Adams case.
Judge: What?
Man: The Adams case.
Judge: [Looks disturbed] Oh yes, yes. Uh...
[turns back to attorneys]
Judge: if either one or both of you gentlemen conduct yourselves like you've been doing today I'll hold you in contempt, the both of ya!
Judge: [Walks into chambers, sees Roger, Miss Oliver, and the baby all seated. Sits at desk] Uh, oh this is the child in ...
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Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: Penny Serenade (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan (as Raymond B. Egan)
Played as background music
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Classy Dunne and Grant movie
8 December 2004 | by SoftKitten80See all my reviews

Irene Dunne is a class act all the way. A real lady, and it comes out in this film. While she and Grant always look like movie stars in the film, you can't stop noticing that they look like movie stars, they do their job and do it to perfection. Only two A-level actors could carry this tear jerker off well. The adoption lady was also realistic and convincing. The little girl or baby, whichever children played them, were the cutest and sweetest I've ever seen in film. Irene Dunne cannot hit a false note, ever, it seems. She looks marvelous in everything she wears, be it a simple housedress or pajamas. Same with Cary Grant, he wears the clothes. The penny serenade theme and the way the camera plays with the records is really magic. This film is a gift to the audience. Grant and Dunne show their adeptness at establishing and making us believe they are an intimate married couple. Irene Dunne is at the height of sensitivity and softness here, a true lady with beautiful hair and hairstyles. What a movie. And one cannot forget our beloved Apple Jack, such a sweet soul.


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