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Penelope (1966)






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In this comedy, a neglected wife robs her husband's bank in order to get his attention. She then feels guilty and goes to a psychoanalyst to confess. He falls in love with her and tries to help return the money to the bank. Mayhem and a merry mix-up ensues.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: George Wells, Howard Fast
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Natalie Wood
as Penelope Elcott
Ian Bannen
as James B. Elcott
Dick Shawn
as Dr. Gregory Mannix
Peter Falk
as Lieutenant Horatio B...
Jonathan Winters
as Prof. Klobb
Norma Crane
as Mildred
Arthur Malet
as Maj. Higgins
Jerome Cowan
as Bank Manager
Arlene Golonka
as Honeysuckle Rose
Amzie Strickland
as Miss Serena
Bill Gunn
as Sgt. Rothschild
Carl Ballantine
as Boom Boom
Iggie Wolfington
as Store Owner
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This 1966 comedy is campy, silly, and a bit ridiculous, but on the other hand, it has Natalie Wood, and that rounds it up to an almost passable film - and if you adore her as I do, worth watching, maybe lightly, in the background while reading. She is absolutely beautiful in the role of an irrepressible housewife who turns to robbery because her husband doesn't pay enough attention to her. Jesus, talk about a plot hole right there. :P Peter Falk is good as the detective on her trail, and it was interesting to see Jonathan Winters in a small part as well (he's a sex-crazed professor who chases her around until her clothes rip off and she's left capering about in her underwear ... not exactly politically correct).

On a more somber note, it's sad to think of the troubles this 5' tall daughter of Russian immigrants had in her life, ultimately leading to her creepy drowning death at the age of 43. She took several years off from acting after making this film which speaks to some of the turmoil she was going through, and it's jarring to understand that in light of just how airy this film is, and how happy she seems to be in it.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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Hiller was always hit and miss with me and this definitely is fuiled under "miss". No matter how hard Ms. Wood tries this is just a bad script done at a time when the studios were trying so hard to be hip. Needless to say, Natalie is gorgeous and Peter Falk as the young police detective is clever but the whole thing never comes together.


This is my favorite Natalie Wood movie. She's so gorgeous and charismatic in this, and the movie is just so much fun

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