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Pennies from Heaven ()


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During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.

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Arthur
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Eileen
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Joan
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The Accordion Man
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Mr. Warner
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The Detective
Jay Garner ...
The Banker
Robert Fitch ...
Al
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Ed
Eliska Krupka ...
The Blind Girl
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Tom
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The Bartender (as Frank McCarthy)
Raleigh Bond ...
Mr. Barrett
Gloria LeRoy ...
A Prostitute (as Gloria Leroy)
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The Old Whore
Toni Kaye ...
Tart
Shirley Kirkes ...
Tart
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Elevator Operator
Hunter Watkins ...
Boy
Arell Blanton ...
Motorcycle Police
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Motorcycle Police (as George Wilbur)
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Young Policeman
Mark Campbell ...
Newsboy
Mark Martinez ...
Schoolboy
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Counterman
Joseph G. Medalis ...
Counterman (as Joe Medalis)
Richard Blum ...
Pool Player
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Pool Player
James Mendenhall ...
Warden
Jim Boeke ...
Hangman
Robert Lee Jarvis ...
Policeman
Luke Andreas ...
Customer
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Father Everson
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Jumbo
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Bar Patron
Bill Richards ...
Bar Patron
John Craig ...
Bar Patron
Alton Ruff ...
Bar Patron
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Bank Secretary (as Karla Bush)
Robin Hoff ...
Bank Secretary
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Bank Secretary
Dorothy Cronin ...
Bank Secretary
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Bank Customer
Lillian D'Honau ...
Bank Customer
Barbara Nordella ...
Bank Customer
Dean Taliaferro ...
Bank Customer
Wayne Storm ...
Bank Guard
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Bank Teller
Edward J. Heim ...
Bank Teller (as Edward Heim)
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Bank Teller
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Bank Teller
Paul Michael ...
Bank Teller
Joe Ross ...
Bank Teller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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(uncredited)
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Man #3 (uncredited)
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Singer (uncredited)
Robin DiMaggio ...
Drummer Boy / Tap Dancer (uncredited)
Tanya Fenmore ...
Dancer / Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Darren Frank ...
Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Aaron Hamilton ...
Dancer / Schoolboy (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Helen Kelly ...
Bank Customer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Jenifer Newman ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Louis Nugen ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Tammy O'Rourke ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Pruett ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Leigh Webster ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Man in Diner (uncredited)

Directed by

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Herbert Ross

Written by

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Dennis Potter ... (written for the screen by)
 
Dennis Potter ... (based on original material by)

Produced by

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Ken Adam ... associate producer
Nora Kaye ... producer
Rick McCallum ... executive producer (as Richard McCallum)
Herbert Ross ... producer

Music by

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Ralph Burns ... (uncredited)
Billy May ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Gordon Willis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Marks ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Martin Cohen ... apprentice editor (as Marty Cohen)
Don Dittmar ... color consultant
Jane Schwartz Jaffe ... assistant editor
Brian Ralph ... negative cutter
Sidney Wolinsky ... first assistant editor
Jeffrey Fallick ... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Julie Kahn Zunder ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ross Brown
Hank McCann

Production Design by

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Philip Harrison ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Bernie Cutler
Fred Tuch
Seymour Klate ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Garrett Lewis

Costume Design by

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Bob Mackie ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Frank Griffin ... makeup supervisor
Barbara Lampson ... hairdresser
Connie Nichols ... hairdresser
Ric Sagliani ... makeup man
Daniel C. Striepeke ... makeup man (as Dan Striepeke)
Allen Payne ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lynn F. Reynolds ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gina Rylander ... body makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Murray Schwartz ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hal Bell ... second assistant director
Emmitt-Leon O'Neill ... second assistant director (as Emmitt-Leon O'Neil)
L. Andrew Stone ... first assistant director
Thomas J. Wright ... second unit director
Robert Engelman ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Henry ... assistant director (uncredited)
Robin Holding ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ken Adam ... visual consultant
Christopher Burian-Mohr ... set designer
John S. Karas ... construction coordinator
C.J. Maguire ... assistant property master
Dennis J. Parrish ... property master
John T. Walker ... assistant set decorator (as John Thomas Walker)
Thomas J. Wright ... production illustrator
Ron Ashmore ... painter gang boss (uncredited)
Ed Johnson ... set man (uncredited)
Martha Johnston ... set designer (uncredited)
Scott W. Leslie ... set dresser (uncredited)
Neil L. Lester ... sign writer (uncredited)
Mary Mathews ... assistant props (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... paint foreman (uncredited)
Jor Van Kline ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard L. Anderson ... sound editor
John Dunn ... sound effects editor
Stephen Hunter Flick ... sound editor (as Stephen H. Flick)
Warren Hamilton Jr. ... dialogue editor (as Warren Hamilton)
Jay M. Harding ... rerecording mixer
Michael J. Kohut ... rerecording mixer
Mark A. Mangini ... dialogue editor (as Mark Mangini)
Greg Morton ... playback operator
Al Overton ... sound mixer
Stephen Purvis ... dialogue editor
Richard Tyler ... rerecording mixer
Gregory H. Watkins ... Foley Mixer
Bill Becker ... playback operator (uncredited) / utility person (uncredited)
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
Ronald Long ... boom operator (uncredited)
Tim Mangini ... sound editor (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Glen Robinson ... special effects
Bill Nipper ... special effects (uncredited)
Wayne Rose ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Joseph C. Sasgen ... special effects electronics (uncredited)

Stunts

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Richard E. Butler ... stunts
Ron Oliney ... stunts (as Ronald G. Oliney)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunts (as Conrad Palmisano)
Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunts (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt double: Steve Martin (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Craig Denault ... camera operator
Alan R. Disler ... first assistant cameraman (as Alan Disler)
Eugene Earle ... second assistant cameraman (as Gene Earle)
William E. Fitch ... grip
Carl Gibson ... key grip
Dennis Greene ... dolly grip
Ken Nishino ... assistant camera
Mel Traxel ... still photographer
Michael J. Bailey ... best boy (uncredited)
Leonardo Chavez ... dolly grip: MGM (uncredited)
Frank Detone Jr. ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Antonio V. Garrido ... dolly grip: MGM (uncredited)
Tom Hayes ... gaffer (uncredited)
Brian Mills ... second grip (uncredited)
Don Stott ... gaffer (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Bobby Goodman ... lip sync supervisor

Casting Department

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Randee Lynne Jensen ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robert Magahay ... wardrobe: men (as Bob Magahay)
Daniel Orlandi ... assistant costume designer (as Dan Orlandi)
Judy Truchan ... wardrobe: women
Julie Starr Dresner ... costumer (uncredited)
Robert Q. Mathews ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dennis Schoonderwoerd ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Ronald M. Quigley ... location manager

Music Department

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Jim Bedoian ... music researcher
Leonard A. Engel ... sound restoration: original discs, Contempo Recording Co. (as Len Engel)
Greg Gormick ... music researcher
Marvin Hamlisch ... conductor / music arranger
Louise Jaffe ... music coordinator
Ted Keep ... scoring mixer
George Korngold ... music editor
Harry V. Lojewski ... music supervisor
Harper MacKay ... musical associate
Billy May ... conductor / music arranger
Joe Monte ... music researcher
Kenith Trodd ... music consultant
Kenneth Wannberg ... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Greg Fulginiti ... music engineer (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Tom F. Thomas ... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)
Alan Kaminsky ... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
Randy Peters ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Danny Daniels ... choreographer
Randy Doney ... assistant to the choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Daniel Joseph Giaghi ... assistant to the choreographer (as Daniel Joseph Giagni)
Max Miller ... craftservice
David Oliver Pfeil ... title designer (as David Oliver)
Ray Quiroz ... script supervisor
Robert Werden ... publicist (as Bob Werden)
Devron Conrad ... stand-in: Steve Martin (uncredited)
Nydia Galindo ... production coordinator (uncredited)
David Hakim ... publicity writer (uncredited)
Cathy Jung ... assistant: Mr. Martin (uncredited)
Kevin King ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Carolyn Poppert ... dancer (uncredited)
Gregg Sawaya ... stand-in: various artists (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In Chicago during the 1930s depression, sheet music salesman Arthur Parker is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's already married to the somewhat drab Joan, when he meets school teacher Eileen in a music store, he falls in love with her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines There's a world on both sides of the rainbow where songs come true and every time it rains, it rains... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tout l'or du ciel (France)
  • Dinero caído del cielo (Spain)
  • Dinheiro do Céu (Portugal)
  • Пари от небето (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Tanz in den Wolken (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The "pennies" that are seen raining down from heaven were penny sized sequins. After filming, they blew out the stage door, and could be found in the corners in the streets at MGM studios for almost a year. See more »
Goofs In the classroom, a modern Canadian flag can be seen. It wasn't designed until 1964. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Pennies from Heaven See more »
Quotes Joan Parker: [referring to Arthur's male organ, after discovering he's having an affair] Cut his thing off.
[the detective shows a look of shock and disgust]
Joan Parker: I want them to cut his thing off and bury it!
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