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Pennies from Heaven
     

Pennies from Heaven

Director: Norman Z. McLeod, Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows

Cast: Norman Z. McLeod, Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows

 

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In his only visit to Columbia Pictures, Paramount's resident crooner Bing Crosby stars in a sentimental musical drama. In jail on a trumped-up charge, Crosby meets a condemned prisoner, and promises the doomed man to look after his little girl (Edith Fellows) when he gets out. The girl's grandfather (Donald Meek) is also part of the "deal," and soon the footloose

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In his only visit to Columbia Pictures, Paramount's resident crooner Bing Crosby stars in a sentimental musical drama. In jail on a trumped-up charge, Crosby meets a condemned prisoner, and promises the doomed man to look after his little girl (Edith Fellows) when he gets out. The girl's grandfather (Donald Meek) is also part of the "deal," and soon the footloose Crosby finds himself with more responsibilities than he cares to handle. Along the way, Bing sings the title song to the girl, to leading lady Madge Evans, and to Us--and never less than superbly. As an added attraction, Pennies From Heaven showcases the matchless talents of Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although made at Columbia, Pennies From Heaven comes across as a typical Bing Crosby-Paramount collaboration: Crosby as an easygoing wanderer who pretty much takes things as they come until something important causes him to take a little action. As in most of these vehicles, the plot is just an excuse for Crosby to display his amiable personality and croon his way through some numbers. Fortunately, he is an engaging enough personality to make this formula work, and Pennies has enough other points in its favor to make the whole enterprise into good, undemanding entertainment. Chief among its other assets is Louis Armstrong. While Armstrong is inevitably saddled with a part that today seems stereotyped, he does get to strut his musical stuff in the delightful "Skeletons in the Closet," and he swings his way through it with delightful abandon. Donald Meek also turns in fine support as the gentle and modest grandfather, and Edith Fellows is delightfully brash as the incorrigible youngster; she has quite a nice rapport with Crosby, as well. As for the score, the title song has become a standard, and deservedly so; if the rest of the songs are merely competent, they still do what they're supposed to do, and do it well. Norman Z. McLeod's direction is workmanlike, but smooth, and he does manage to evoke the dire times of the Depression, even while emphasizing a sense of optimism. On the whole, Pennies may not be heavenly, but it's genial and amusing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2014
UPC:
0043396451186
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
14,298

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Larry
Madge Evans Susan
Edith Fellows Patsy
Donald Meek Gramp
John Gallaudet Hart
Louis Armstrong Henry
Tom Dugan Crowbar
Nydia Westman Actor
Nana Bryant Crowlar
Charles Wilson Warden
Harry Tyler Concessionaire
William Stack Carmichael
Tom Ricketts Briggs
Lionel Hampton Actor
George Chandler Actor
Arthur Hoyt Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Johnny Burke Score Composer
Emanuel R. Cohen Producer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Arthur Johnston Score Composer
Robert Pittack Cinematographer
John Rawlins Editor
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
John Scott Trotter Score Composer

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