Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade

Irene Dunne
Director: George Stevens Cast: Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne
, Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
George Stevens


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While listening to a recording of "Penny Serenade," Julie Gardiner Adams (Irene Dunne) begins reflecting on her past. She recalls her near-impulsive marriage to newspaper reporter Roger Adams (Cary Grant), which begins on a deliriously happy note but turns out to be fraught with tragedy. While honeymooning in Japan, Julie and Roger are trapped in the 1923 earthquake, which results in her miscarriage and subsequent incapability to bear children. Upon their return to America, Roger becomes editor of a small-town newspaper, just scraping by financially. Despite their depleted resources, Julie and Roger want desperately to adopt a child. It seems hopeless until kindly adoption agency head Miss Oliver (Beulah Bondi) helps smooth their path. Alas, their happiness is once more short-lived: their new daughter, Trina (Eva Lee Kuney), succumbs to a sudden illness at the age of six. Reduced to hopelessness, Julie and Roger decide to dissolve their marriage, but Miss Oliver once more comes to the rescue. Sentimental in the extreme, Penny Serenade is also enormously effective, balancing moments of heartbreaking pathos with uproarious laughter. Only director George Stevens could have handled a scene with a copiously weeping Cary Grant without inducing discomfort or embarrassment in the audience. Since lapsing into the public domain in 1968 (though released by Columbia, the film was owned by Stevens' production firm), Penny Serenade has become almost as ubiquitous a cable-TV presence as It's a Wonderful Life.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
UPC: 0887090070102
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 9,277

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Julie Gardiner Adams
Cary Grant Roger Adams
Beulah Bondi Miss Oliver
Edgar Buchanan Applejack
Ann Doran Dotty
Eva Lee Kuney Trina, age 6
Leonard Willey Dr. Hartley
Wallis Clark Judge
Walter Soderling Billings
Al Seymour Bootlegger
Adrian Morris Bill Collector
Edward Peil Train Conductor
Rollin Moriyama Actor
Frank Moran Cab Driver
Dick Wessel Joe
Lillian West Nurse
Grady Sutton Actor
Ben Taggart Policeman
John Tyrrell Press Operator
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Train Porter
Stanley Brown Man
Baby Biffle Trina, age 1
Edmund Elton Minister
John Ferguson Father
Lynton Brent Reporter
Mary Bovard Actor
Jack Buchanan Actor
Eddie Laughton Cab Driver
Georgia Hawkins Girl
Dorothy Adams Mother
Bess Flowers Mother
Charles Flynn Bob
Otto Han Sam the Cook
Billy Bevan McDougal

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Producer
Lionel Banks Art Director
Martha Cheavens Original Story
Fred Guiol Associate Producer
W. Franke Harling Score Composer
Otto Meyer Editor
Morris Ryskind Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Penny Serenade
1. Scene 1 [:00]
1. Scene 1 [11:56]
2. Scene 2 [15:31]
3. Scene 3 [12:00]
4. Scene 4 [20:12]
5. Scene 5 [11:04]
6. Scene 6 [21:36]
7. Scene 7 [11:46]
8. Scene 8 [15:51]

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