Penny Serenade
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While listening to a recording of "Penny Serenade," Julie Gardiner Adams (Irene Dunne) begins reflecting on her past. She recalls her near-impulsive marriage to newspaper reporter Roger Adams (Cary Grant), which begins on a deliriously happy note but turns out to be fraught with tragedy. While honeymooning in Japan, Julie and Roger are trapped in the 1923 earthquake, which results in her miscarriage and subsequent incapability to bear children. Upon their return to America, Roger becomes editor of a small-town newspaper, just scraping by financially. Despite their depleted resources,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"George Stevens' direction and the excellence of the stars' playing make the film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"If you have any tolerance for soap opera, this is one of the classics."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...entertaining enough to warrant a mild recommendation..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Brilliantly made soaper with superb cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is a classic 'women's picture' in every sense."
‑ , Time Out
"George Stevens' sentimental melodrama is extremely well acted by Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, who received for his part of a depressed father the first of his two Oscar nominations."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A women's weepie picture."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the greatest weepies ever made"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"If you are prone to easy weeping, you might even take along a washtub."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This is a weeper from the start, with only a few moments of comedy placed in so the audience can dry their eyes before the next sentimental barrage."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lesser seen Cary Grant, but very compelling."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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