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      Penny Serenade

      Released Apr 24, 1941 1h 58m Drama List
      94% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 75% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Since marrying Roger Adams (Cary Grant), Julie (Irene Dunne) has wanted to start a family. An accident while she's visiting Japan causes a miscarriage and makes Julie incapable of having children. After they adopt a little girl, Trina (Eva Lee Kuney), Roger's small newspaper folds, and the couple has to fight in court to keep her. Even though they succeed, another tragedy strikes out of nowhere. The Adams' marriage looks headed for divorce, unless something brings them close again. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      John C. Flinn Sr. Variety George Stevens' direction and the excellence of the stars' playing make the film. Nov 13, 2007 Full Review Time Out This is a classic 'women's picture' in every sense. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times If you are prone to easy weeping, you might even take along a washtub. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Ian Kane Epoch Times It’s an even better watch for those who have fallen in love before and know the risks that come with it. Rated: 4/5 May 1, 2024 Full Review John Kinloch California Eagle Its objectives are excellently realized, and it stands as a visual refutation of the industry's axiom that movies must move. Oct 31, 2019 Full Review Elena de la Torre Cine-Mundial The film has in its plot a note of originality and touches the of paternal feeling with delicacy. [Full review in Spanish] Sep 18, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Aender S This film has multiple problems, also for one of its era. My two main critique points: Acting is wooden with many unnecessary pauses in the dialogue and the most important plot element is handled completely negligently, only shown in a handwritten letter. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 06/07/24 Full Review nick s While it had some elements that didn't appeal - repitition with record changing and overly long child rearing sequences - it nevertheless had enough charm to keep me engaged. The leads were great. And the earthquake scene was very well executed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review ernst k This films is sometimes given the moniker of "soap opera" as a negative aspect, but, it proves that any genre can be superior entertainment when written well and acted even better. Cary Grant shows true range from comedic to dramatic, and in his deepest emotional scene it's difficult for anyone with a good heart not to verge on tears. All-in-all, many good set pieces and a superior film that should get greater recognition. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Great film, sentimental, but a wonderful story of a couple who try to have a child. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/22/21 Full Review Audience Member Pretty decent film with some good acting from Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. However, it's pretty standard Hollywood schmaltz for that time. The writing also seems pretty clichéd. However, it is a nice film that has a somewhat interesting plot and allows Grant to demonstrate his acting abilities at the end of the film. As a result, Grant was nominated for Best Actor, but in my opinion he wasn't as good as the only other nominee I've seen; Robert Montgomery in Here Comes Mr. Jordan. The heartstring pulling twist seems a bit forced as well and the ending seems to solve the main character's relationship too easily with no worries or hesitation from either character. Overall, a nice film that's treads along well but fails to stand out among a sea of standard schmaltzy old Hollywood films. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review david l Penny Serenade offers a very early and fascinating glimpse into the adoption process and the many hardships that these parents would face when embarking on such a journey. The movie portrays the whole process with a lot of emotion, but resisting to go into overly sappy territory in no small part thanks to two outstanding performances from Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Grant was nominated for an Oscar for this rare dramatic role of his. The only problem here is that overly melodramatic, ludicrous ending that should have been cut altogether from the movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Since marrying Roger Adams (Cary Grant), Julie (Irene Dunne) has wanted to start a family. An accident while she's visiting Japan causes a miscarriage and makes Julie incapable of having children. After they adopt a little girl, Trina (Eva Lee Kuney), Roger's small newspaper folds, and the couple has to fight in court to keep her. Even though they succeed, another tragedy strikes out of nowhere. The Adams' marriage looks headed for divorce, unless something brings them close again.
      Director
      George Stevens
      Producer
      George Stevens
      Screenwriter
      Martha Cheavens, Morrie Ryskind
      Distributor
      Republic Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Reel Media International [us]
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 24, 1941, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 26, 2011
      Runtime
      1h 58m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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