Penny Serenade Reviews
Julie and Roger are a recently married couple that cannot have children. Roger tries running his own newspaper business but he falls on his face and has no source of income. The couple's lives are a struggle every day, but fortune always seems to shine on their face, then go away, then come back, and then go away again. Can the couple overcome all the obstacles but in front of them?
"The baby is gone! The baby is kidnapped!"
George Stevens, director of Giant, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Gunga Din, A Place in the Sun, and Vivacious Lady, delivers Penny Serenade. The storyline for this picture is awesome and the character development is magnificent. The acting is outstanding and the cast includes Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan, and Ann Doran.
I obviously DVR'd this picture because it stars one of my all time favorite actors, Cary Grant. While his performance was perfect, as usual, Irene Dunne really impressed me with her dramatic scenes and depiction of wifely stubbornness. This was a very impressive movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and strongly recommend seeing.
"She's exactly the child for you."
It's said that the human body is simply a vehicle for genes needing to replicate (Agent Scully, X-Files, season 4, episode 2), so the suggestion is that a body unable to reproduce might lose its purpose. If I can find any fault in "Penny Serenade", it's that the ending is wrapped up a little too neatly and perhaps a little too callously. There are some things in life you can't just kiss and make better. There are some losses that can't be cooled with an ice cream cone on the ride home. Dunne and Grant both deliver career-highlight performances (Grant was in fact, nominated for an Oscar), and maybe the ending was an audience appeasement. After all, when we've invested so much emotion into the characters, it would be cruel not to give some light at the end of the tunnel.
It had some light hearted comedy. The film was mostly a love story with some drama.
I liked the record scene at the beginning of the film. I thought it was interesting the use of different records being used during the film to represent different phases of their life.
One thing that surprised me about this film, especially since this film was released in 1946 was the fact that the main characters went to Japan. I would have expected that American films would not want to associate anything with Japan at that time.
The Christmas Nativity scene was kind of interesting. I'm surprised that they would allow a kid to walk such a narrow beam during a play to put up the star. It just was not safe.
Personally this kind of film does not interest me. It's too romantic for my taste. I felt like the intended audience was for anyone preparing to have kids, partners and grandparents.