Penny Serenade (1941) is a film melodrama starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, and Edgar Buchanan. It was directed by George Stevens and written by Martha Cheavens and Morrie Ryskind. It depicts the story of a loving couple who must overcome a series of adversity to keep their marriage and have a child raised.
He’s just a gigolo, everywhere he goes. He’s Ricardo “They call me Rick” DeVilla. He seduces a wealthy and sickly widow, Vanessa Bancroft, and plays the part of the good husband. Really he’s a bad, bad boy. Even the bongo player wants to kill him for fooling around with his wife.
This is a really low budget crime film with Walter Matthau. It makes me think it would have been a lot more entertaining if it had a budget. Still, it is Walter Matthau and he does get in some funny lines.
James Earl Jones plays a drunken archaeologist who is given to recite Shakespeare. Then there’s some banter between American tourists. Since the film is set in Greece, Jose Ferrer shows up to prove he can’t speak Greek. The natives, terrified by the sudden death of some of their women folk, do what all Greek natives do in movies – drink, sing, eat, and dance!