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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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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

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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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In real life, Cary Grant wouldn't become a parent until 1966 when he was 62. 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

Trina (at the Age of 6 Years): Gee, I don't know what people'd do without Christmas.
Julie Gardiner Adams: I don't know what we'd do without you, honey.
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Soundtracks

You Were Meant for Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on a record and sung by Johnny Johnston four times
Played as background music often
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excellent performances but an odd ending
27 December 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are very good in this bittersweet romance, mainly made up of flashbacks with the links between them being records from the past played by Dunne. We see the couple through their first meeting, marriage, move abroad, and so on. The central thread of the story is when they adopt a baby girl, Trina, who fills the void in their marriage. When Trina dies as a child it seems there is nothing more to hold them together.

Edgar Buchanan is excellent as uncle Applejack, the printer who knows how to handle babies, and the little girl playing Trina is cutesy cute in the nativity play scene. Grant's best moment is in the judge's office when he pleads to be allowed to keep his adopted daughter (because she isn't like an automobile you take back when you can't keep up the payments). The ending however is weak; another baby is found for them to adopt and all their troubles are over. This feels rushed and doesn't really work. Otherwise, a well put together film which is typical of the time it was made.


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