Penny Serenade (1941)


“We don’t need each other anymore. When that happens to two people, there’s nothing left. ” – Julie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young couple begin their marriage with high hopes and quickly learn how much they need to depend on one another to have a solid and happy marriage.

My Take on it – Such a poignant film that really shows how strong a connection a couple should have in order to make a marriage work.

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne have amazing chemistry together which helps make this story work even better.

This helps make the story of a couple who need to weather the ups and downs of marriage feel even more genuine and believable..

This film has a great message about how much love can help a marriage.

It is a timeless film and still works extremely well even after 77 years.

This is the kind of film that could possibly be remade today and still remain true to its roots and be quite emotional.

Grant was definitely deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for this role, but it was a very competitive year, so he didn’t have much of a chance to win against the likes of Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941), Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Robert Montgomery in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) or Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941).

Bottom Line – Grant and Dunne have great chemistry together as a couple who learn to weather the ups and downs of life as they realize how much they need one another to do everything correctly. The message of the story works really well and even though this was made 77 years ago, the idea remains timeless and would work even if remade today. Grant deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for this role. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a flagrant disregard of the then Production Code, it would appear that Irene Dunne and Cary Grant share a marital bed instead of separate ones. Also, there’s an implication that the two have sex on a train, something unheard of in the morally hidebound 1940s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Penny Serenade (1941)

  1. I adore Cary and Irene- I say she was his best leading lady- They just had that magic where you wanted them to be married together- it was mature- but playful! I make it a point to watch this one at least once a year- its a sentimental fave- and I’m not that sentimental!

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