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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:

THIS "PENNY SERENADE" THE KIND OF MUSIC A MAN PLAYS ON A WOMAN'S HEART STRINGS ((original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akkorde der Liebe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Irene Dunne often said that this was her favorite film because it reminded her of her own adopted daughter. However, in a letter to, at least, one fan she wrote that "Love Affair" (1939) was the top favorite of all her films. 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

Julie Gardiner Adams: We don't need each other anymore. When that happens to two people, there's nothing left.
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer-colored version. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by Eva Lee Kuney, Cary Grant and Edgar Buchanan
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A truly sweet and sentimental film.
24 November 2004 | by makainSee all my reviews

I wasn't much of a Cary Grant fan until I saw this film for the first time about 10 years ago, and I also discovered the embodiment of grace and charm that is Irene Dunne as well. Cary Grant is at his most charming and gives a very amusing and, at times, very very touching performance as a new dad. When he gives his heart-rending speech to the child custody judge and begs to keep his adopted baby girl, it brings a lump to my throat every time I see it. Irene Dunne was a classy lady in anything she did, and can be as quietly funny as she can be dramatic, as she demonstrated in this film. She was a great "straight-man," too, to Cary Grant's more animated role. I truly love this film.


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