Friday, May 27, 2011

"Penny Serenade"

 You didn't think I would let a week go by without a Cary Grant picture did you? This film is the third pairing of Cary and Irene and follows their relationship through records from when they met until the present.

Irene plays Julie and is on her way out. She and hubby Roger are splitting. But what is the harm in listening to some records first?

The story starts out when Roger spots Julie in the record shop. He gets her attention and buys tons of records. On the walk home she learns Roger doesn't even have a record player! The romance begins.

During their courting, we get the sense that Julie wants to shack up and pop out some kids, while Roger is not as keen about the idea. Roger is a publisher and on New Years breaks the news to Julie that he is going on assignment in Japan! Just when Julie thinks they are through, Roger asks her to marry him.

Once in Japan, Julie gets knocked up. Things are swell until an earthquake hits and Julie looses the baby, and learns she may never have one again. I must say, for 1941, the earthquake scene is pretty bad ass!

They return to the states and Julie is depressed. Roger and her move into a new apartment which has a publishing room down stairs. Buddy Applejack joins the fun. The paper isn't doing so well but they decided to adopt.

After tons of red tape they finally get a little girl and are beyond the moon. Applejack helps out.

They get a one year trial with the little one and are worried they can't provide for her. The orphanage lady is hard on them and after a year they almost loose her because they are too poor. Time goes by and everyone is happy. Daughter Trina grows up well and even participates in a Christmas play.

But the good times don't last forever as Trina dies from an illness. Roger and Julie are so sad they don't even talk any more.
The orphanage lady is sad too.

We are taken back to the present and Roger and Julie are about to call it quits, when just in time, the phone rings. It's the orphanage calling with another child! Nothing gets rid of the grief from your child's death a month ago like a new kid! The couple must decide if they want to start all over again and if they can be happy.

Irene said this was her favorite film because it reminded her so much of her own adopted daughter with husband Francis Griffin.


wacky tacky said...

I was going to suggest this as a contender for movie night but it is just too big a tear-jerker! In a way this movie is totally sentimental and unrealistic yet it is also so full of the realistic crap that life deals out. Seriously, this movie had me when he buys that huge stack of records and then reveals that he doesn't even own a record player! Good one Cary!

Emily said...

I know! My friend Sara and I always swoon over the scene when she realizes he has no record player. Such a good move! Irene is great in this film too.