Penny Serenade

This is a classic 'women's picture' in every sense: an emotional/sentimental switchback, nostalgically framed (Dunne, on the point of leaving Grant, reminisces the family-romance narrative to gramophone accompaniment), and a construction of the 'ideal' woman (fulfilled in motherhood, naturally) so upfront as to be almost disarming - though not, as in similar work by Douglas Sirk, pushed quite so far that it might be construed as being critical. Either with it or at it, or more likely both, you'll weep.

Release details

Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Stevens
Screenwriter: Morrie Ryskind
Cast: Irene Dunne
Cary Grant
Edgar Buchanan
Beulah Bondi
Ann Doran
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