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Penny Serenade

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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.
Actors: Cary Grant,
Cary Grant
Cary Grant 18 January 1904, Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Eva Lee Kuney,
Eva Lee Kuney
Eva Lee Kuney April 24, 1934 in Glendale, California, USA
Jane Biffle,
Jane Biffle
Jane Biffle
Leonard Willey,
Leonard Willey
Leonard Willey 15 December 1882, Warwickshire, England, UK
Irene Dunne,
Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne 20 December 1898, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Edgar Buchanan,
Edgar Buchanan
Edgar Buchanan 20 March 1903, Humansville, Missouri, USA
Walter Soderling,
Walter Soderling
Walter Soderling April 13, 1872 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Beulah Bondi,
Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi 3 May 1889, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Wallis Clark,
Wallis Clark
Wallis Clark March 2, 1882 in Essex, England, UK
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Ann Doran 28 July 1911, Amarillo, Texas, USA
Genre: DramaRomance
Director: George Stevens
Country: United States
Release: 1941
IMDb: 7.1
Quality:
Duration: 119 min
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