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Penny Serenade (1941) [Drama] [Romance]

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"Penny Serenade" is a 1941 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 adversity to keep their marriage and raise a child. Grant was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

While listening to a recording of "Penny Serenade," Julie Gardiner Adams (Irene Dunne) begins reflecting on her past. Roger (Cary Grant) and Julie Adams suffer a tragedy when she miscarries in an earthquake during their 1923 stay in Japan. They are told that she cannot have children. They request to adopt a two-year old boy, but ultimately adopt a much younger girl. They struggle to make ends meet and to retain their parental rights when Roger loses his job. When the little girl dies suddenly, the emotional strain threatens to destroy their marriage. Songs mark episodes in the action from records from their collection—the title refers to a song of the same name. In the end, they are offered the opportunity to adopt a little boy who matches their original request, miraculously saving their marriage.

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Directed and porduced by George Stevens, written by Martha Cheavens and Morrie Ryskind, starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi and Edgar Buchanan.

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Source: "Penny Serenade" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 29 May 2012. Web. 31 August 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Serenade.

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