Penny Serenade  [DVD]
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Newspaperman Roger Adams (Cary Grant) falls for record store worker Julie Gardiner Adams (Irene Dunne) and the pair marry on New Years Eve, shortly before Roger leaves for a new job in Tokyo. His new wife joins him three months later and announces she is pregnant, but a major earthquake in Tokyo leads to her losing the baby and unable to bear anymore. The pair eventually return to America where Roger buys a small country newspaper and Roger and Julie begin the process of adopting a child. When the newspaper folds it looks as though Roger and Julie will lose the child, being forced to make a heartfelt plea to the judge... The story is told in a series of flashbacks, each introduced by a piece of music from Julie s collection. Cary Grant s performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
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The story opens as Julie (Dunne) is getting ready to leave Roger (Grant) because of the pain caused by a tragedy in their lives he can not talk about so that they can begin to heal. She laments that they simply don't need each other anymore. When she finds an old stack of records she begins to trace the various stages of their love through the memories recalled by each song.
Roger (Grant) sees Julie (Dunne) through the window of the record store where she works, and though he doesn't have a phonograph player, he ends up buying a big package of songs just so he can spend time with her. He pretends he is going her way after work and it isn't long before she becomes "his funny little redhead." There are some wonderful scenes like Julie and Roger sitting in a cabana by the beach reading fortune cookies which gives the story a very romantic atmosphere.
When Roger, who is a reporter, has a chance to go to Tokyo for a few years, the two get married and have a truncated honeymoon on a train which results in them becoming prospective parents. But an earthquake takes their happiness away and prevents them from having another child. Only when Roger gets an inheritance do they move back to the states and consider adoption while he starts the small town paper he has always dreamed of.Read more ›
Cary Grant's talent for comedy is much in evidence during the film but so is the more dramatic side of his acting. Irene Dunne matches him and they give us the perfect pairing for a film that really puts you through the wringer. I must have seen it about 10 times and I cry twice every single time.
If you like weepies then you'll like this; if you like comedies then you'll like this; if you like Cary Grant or Irene Dunne then you'll like this. Unless you're made out of stone, you'll like this. :)
This is a terrific movie but I recommend you purchase a different version. The quality of both of these DVDs is substandard. The picture is blurred with too little contrast. The audio is inferior and it's as though both DVDs were transferred from the same print because the pops and crackles are in the same places. I highly recommend the movie however and if you don't mind the transatlantic postage the Digitally Remastered Version by DigiComTV from Amazon.com is a fantastic DVD transfer.
This film attempts to map the story of a fairly ordinary couple into something very powerful and wonderful. It is a very singular thing to experience.
I would go so far as to say that there isn't a drop of excessive sentimentality in this very emotional film, but it is showing some of the tremendous glory and strength of love without embarrassment. If this moves you to tears, it's because it should!
Even this is a pale reflection of even larger and more awesome realities... We nearly lost a child, and we know something of these veiled majesties. We only see a fraction of the kindness and the grace of God. Mostly, speaking, you get to see these things in babies, flowers, light as it hits a spider web when its been raining, Haydn, but its fairly rare to get a glimpse on camera. But all these things are temporary, fleeing away when we approach too closely, in case we try to capture heaven on earth and miss the real thing.
Damn good film....
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I lent my other copy to someone and they never returned it. This is still a very good filmPublished 2 months ago by sidney smith
Directed by George Stevenson's Penny Serenade is a heart warming drama and tearIjerker from the 40s fast moving which holds your interest from start to finish. Read morePublished 16 months ago by andy
Feel in love with this film when I was 10 and never bore of watching it fantastic story and sadPublished 18 months ago by ginny
I quite enjoyed this film, but felt that more should have been made of the relationship between Julie and Roger, we didn't really know what made them tick; I suppose that was their... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peakdweller
Not a review of the movie but of the picture quality of this version (the DVD with Cary Grant holding a piece of paper while looking down at Irene Dunne). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stu