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Penny Serenade / His Girl Friday [DVD]


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  • Actors: Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan, Cary Grant, Ann Doran
  • Directors: Howard Hawks, George Stevens
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Fred Guiol
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Mediumrare
  • DVD Release Date: 8 May 2006
  • Run Time: 212 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5S1Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Cary Grant double-bill. In 'Penny Serenade' (1941), record store assistant Julie (Irene Dunne) falls for feckless reporter Roger (an Oscar nominated Grant). He is offered a job in Tokyo, but marries Julie before he leaves, promising to send for her once his finances are secure. When she eventually arrives, however, it is left to her to clear his debts. Happier times seem to be ahead when Julie becomes pregnant and they decide to return to America, but tragedy lurks just around the corner. In the classic screwball comedy 'His Girl Friday' (1940), Walter Burns (Grant) is a newspaper editor trying to hang on to his star reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), who is also Walter's ex-wife. Hildy is leaving journalism to go off and marry Bruce (Ralph Bellamy), but an escaped convict, hiding behind a desk in the newsroom, is the perfect bait for Walter to lure Hildy back to her job and to him.

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By Amazon Customer on 7 July 2014
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Both great classic films in good recordings
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By Jimmy 70 on 15 Sep 2014
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1st class all round
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MISSING CENTS 22 Nov 2009
By Tom Without Pity - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a review for the Miracle Pictures DVD of PENNY SERENADE
combined with HIS GIRL FRIDAY for which I have given a rating of 2 1/2 stars.

Despite the very low price this DVD of the Howard Hawks screwball remake of THE FRONT PAGE, HIS GIRL FRIDAY seems to be intact and has pretty good video quality.
Not the greatest but at these prices, how can you complain?

Well, I'll tell you how you can complain: On this version of PENNY SERENADE there are at least three or four minutes missing, crucial minutes that are an important part of the story.

Cary Grant is pleading his case before a judge, this scene is supposedly the highlight of his performance, but on this Miracle Pictures DVD version Grant doesn't even start his plea before we are jumped to the next scene with Cary Grant telling Irenne Dunne that the problem is resolved and "We'll never have to worry about that again."

Well, thanks to Miracle Pictures we'll never have to worry about it because we haven't been told about it. Again, with a Public Domain picture you don't expect perfection but it would be helpful if the story made sense and you didn't spend the rest of the picture--which is a classic--mentally scratching your noggin about what was really said or might have happened.

Otherwise this release of PENNY SERENADE isn't bad but I would prefer to watch a classic film that makes sense and has a creditable continuity regardless of price.
Penny Serenade/His Girl Friday--Tears & Laughter....touching and sweet -ideal chick flicks! 1 Jan 2008
By Claudia Armbrister - Published on Amazon.com
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movies like this will never come again! Penny Serenade I watched as a young girl..cried so hard I thought the world would end.......and then---watching it again made me remember my fondest dreams of childhood...and how amazing the human spirit is....life goes on...and the laughter from His Girl Friday....so touching these old fashioned notions we had! Nice to go back to simpler times and revisit the sweetness.
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