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Penny Serenade [1941]

Director:George Stevens
Writer:Morrie Ryskind
Composer:W. Franke Harling
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Valentines Day
Sorting Category:Romance
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

Reaction: Very touching and affecting.

Personal Rating: 7/10

George Stevens => Director
Morrie Ryskind => Writer
W. Franke Harling => Composer
Ann Doran => Dotty 'Dot'
Beulah Bondi => Miss Oliver
Billy Bevan => McDougal (uncredited)
Cary Grant => Roger Adams
Charles Flynn => Bob (uncredited)
Cy Schindell => Elmer - the Bootlegger (uncredited)
Diane Fleetwood => Trina as an Infant (uncredited)
Dick Wessel => Joe Connor, Man Dancing with Dotty (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton => Cab Driver (scenes deleted)
Edgar Buchanan => Applejack Carney
Eva Lee Kuney => Trina (at the Age of 6 Years)
Irene Dunne => Julie Gardiner Adams
Iris Han => O-Hanna-San (uncredited)
Jane Biffle => Trina (at the Age of 1 Year) (as Baby Biffle)
Judith Fleetwood => Trina as an Infant (uncredited)
Leonard Willey => Doctor Hartley
Nee Wong Jr. => Sung Chong (uncredited)
Otto Han => Cook Sam (uncredited)
Wallis Clark => Judge
Walter Soderling => Billings

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Third of three movies that paired Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
  • The Screen Guild Theater broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 16, 1941 with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne reprising their film roles.
  • Lux Radio Theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 8, 1944 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role.
  • Irene Dunne often said that this was her favorite film because it reminded her of her own adopted daughter.
  • Lux Radio Theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 27, 1942 with Beulah Bondi reprising her film role.