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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s the war of 1812 and Captain James Marshall has to run the British blockade enforced by the British to get a loan from France. When his crew finds out that they are carrying gold, it’s Mutiny.
This is Anna May Wong playing Lotus Flower who falls in love with an American. It’s silent. It’s the first movie printed to be used in a regular film projector and the 8th color movie ever made.
The film concerns Starman’s efforts to save the Earth from the followers of Balazar, an evil genius from the planet Zemar whose brain has been preserved after his own assassination