Starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Edgar Buchanan, Beulah Bondi, Eva Lee Kuney

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(8-Exceptional Film)

Wonderful. Tearful. Sad.

Penny Serenade is a classic weeper. You can see where it’s going, you know that it’s trying to manipulate you into tears, you try to resist, but, ultimately, the film is effective. I think even more than the tragedy that you can’t help to empathize with, the cast of characters are just so wonderful, that you become emotional through the large passage of time depicted in the story. There’s married couple, Roger and Julie Adams, very much in love, but struggling to make money, and left unable to have a child. They turn to adoption, and fall in love with a little girl, Trina, who becomes their daughter. There’s Applejack (Buchanan), loyal family friend, always there for the Adams. Then there’s Miss Oliver (Bondi) working at the adoption agency, who becomes something of a fairy godmother to the Adams. I loved these characters. Full of laughter and tears, Penny Serenade is terrific.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-


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