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Penny Paradise (1938)

A Liverpool tug boat captain finds he's won a fortune on the penny pools and it changes his life. However, after giving up his job and throwing a large expensive party, he discovers that he... See full summary »

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Thomas Browne (dialogue), Thomas Browne (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Gwenn ... Joe Higgins
Betty Driver ... Betty Higgins
Jimmy O'Dea Jimmy O'Dea ... Pat
Ethel Coleridge Ethel Coleridge ... Aunt Agnes
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Widow Clegg
Jack Livesey ... Bert
Syd Crossley Syd Crossley ... Uncle Lancelot
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Amos Cook
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... Policeman
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A Liverpool tug boat captain finds he's won a fortune on the penny pools and it changes his life. However, after giving up his job and throwing a large expensive party, he discovers that he may not really have won after all. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1939 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On Friday 20th May 1938 Betty Driver celebrated her 18th birthday during the shooting of the film, discovering the crew had filled her dressing room to the roof with flowers. See more »

Goofs

The name on the bows of the "new" tug clearly reads ALFRED, although in the dialogue she is referred to by the grandiose name of MERSEY QUEEN. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Betty Driver Story (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Learn How To Sing a Love Song
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Parr Davies
Performed by Betty Driver
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northern appeal
12 August 2006 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the NFT where it was showing as part of the Carol Reed centenary season.The film is set in Liverpool but Edmund Gwenn and Betty Driver speak with thick Lancashire accents more appropriate to Manchester than Liverpool.I found it difficult to understand what they were saying at times.This film emanates from a period when films would actually be made for the Northern part of the UK.The best example being Mancunian Films.It is quite clear from both the story and the budget that this film was not meant for showing in the South of the country.If it did get a showing it was probably in the morning when the cinema was being cleaned,in order to comply with the quota requirements of the Cinematograph Acts.This like many other Ealing films had musical numbers dotted at regular intervals in the story.It would appear from the programme notes that accompanied the screening that most reviewers of the day thought that Betty Driver was doing a Gracie Fields impersonation.Maybe because Gracie had come to the end of her contract with Ealing and Basil Dean was looking for a replacement.I actually found the numbers quite a bright spark in what was rather a simple minded farce.Jimmy O'Dea is in the middle of his brief flirtation with UK films.his acting leaves a lot to be desired.Even the marvellous Edmund Gwenn can do little to breath life into this.


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