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Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 25 November 1936 (USA)
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Katherine Leslie Moore (novel) (as Katharine Leslie Moore), William Rankin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Larry Poole
Madge Evans ... Susan Sprague
Edith Fellows ... Patsy Smith
Louis Armstrong ... Henry
Donald Meek ... Gramp Smith
John Gallaudet ... J. C. Hart
William Stack William Stack ... Clarence B. Carmichael
Nana Bryant ... Miss Howard
Tom Dugan ... Crowbar Miller (as Tommy Dugan)
Nydia Westman ... Slavey - Hotel Maid
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Storyline

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfather who need lots of help. This delays Larry from following his dream and going to Venice and becoming a gondolier. Instead he becomes a street singer and, while singing in the street, meets a pretty welfare worker, Susan Sprague. She takes a dim view of Patsy's welfare under the guardianship of Larry and her grandfather, and starts proceedings to have Patsy placed in an orphanage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FUN...when Crosby croons himself out of jail and lands on a merry-go-round with the meanest of brats! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinero del cielo See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Richard Carle (Mr. Briggs), Eddie Borden (Mr. Bilkins), Maston Williams (Prisoner) and Nick Copeland (Middle-aged Man). Reviews list Tom Ricketts in the role of Mr. Briggs. but he was not seen in movie either. See more »

Quotes

J. C. Hart: The Chaplain tells me you're due out of here next week. Where do you aim to go?
Larry Poole: Well, it depends on the wind. You see, with me, when I leave a place I get myself a feather and toss it up and which ever way the wind blows, well, that's were I go.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Fabulous Musicals (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
Sung by Bing Crosby, Edith Fellows and Donald Meek on the hay wagon
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10 October 2002 | by AVache1See all my reviews

Pennies from Heaven 1936 is a great film and has a wonderful scene with Louis Armstrong singing "Skeleton in the Closet" while chasing a skeleton all around the room. It works great for school kids on Halloween.Does anyone know if this movie is available on VHS or DVD for sale? If so where can I purchase it? Please email me


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