Penny Serenade

Synopsis: As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she begins to play through a stack of recordings, each of which reminds her of events in their lives together. One of them is the song that was playing when she and Roger first met in a music store. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows that they have shared. A flood of memories comes back to her as she ponders their present problems and how they arose.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Stevens
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Don't play that, Applejack.

# I was meant for.... #

- I'm leaving.

- Julie!

Would you go down to the station

and get me a ticket on the 11:00?

And cash that check for me.

Smith will do it for you.

And I'd like you to drive me

to the train.

Julie, you'd better think this over.

I have been thinking it over,


I've been thinking about it for days.

You and Roger have been

married a long time.

We don't need each other anymore.

When that happens to two people...

nothing left.

# You were meant for me. #

# I was meant for you. #

# for you... for you... for... #

# You were meant for me. #

# I was meant for you. #

# for you... for you... for you... #

# You're like a plaintiff melody. #

# That never lets me free. #

# For I'm content the angels

must have sent you #

# and they meant you just for me. #

What can I do for you?

- The record department.

- They're right here.

How about that one up there,

that book?

- Beethoven?

- Yes, the furthest one, see?

Number seven.

Oh, you keep them down here.

- Needles?

- No, no.

- Who plays the sheet music here?

- I do.

-Oh, you do that?


-Would you mind playing that for me?

-Certainly, I'd be glad to.

# ...plaintiff melody. #

# And I'm content the angels

must have sent you #

# and they meant you just for me. #

New tune, isn't it?

I beg your pardon?

It's a new tune.

Oh, I didn't hear you.

Yes, it just came in.

-Would be nice to dance to.

-It is.

-What's on the other side?

- It's another new one.

- Would you mind playing it for me?

- No.

This way.

# For I'm content the angels

must have sent you #

# and they meant you just for me. #

- Good night.

- Good night.

Buy a flower, mister.

I'm going this way, honest.

I'm going this way, too, honest.

- What's the matter?

- Nothing.

- I live here, that's all.

- Oh.

- Well, good night.

- Good night.


Would you mind if I ask you

a personal question?

Guess not.

- Have you got a victrola inside?

Why, yes, of course.

Would you let me hear this one?

Otherwise I'll have to take it home

and imagine how it sounds.

- Don't you have a machine at home?

- No.

Well, why on earth did you buy 27...?

# In my dreams it seems #

# your face is near to me... #

# and it's dear to me #

# oh, it's just a memory. #

What are you thinking about?

That it's our song they're playing.

At least that's what you said

when we were dancing.

What are you thinking about?

Oh, just wishing.

Wishing I could be with you

every day like this.

I mean, I wish everyday could be

a holiday like this.

I mean, never have to go back home,

never have to go to work.

It would be perfect, wouldn't it?

- What's it say?

- Oh, nothing. It's silly.

- Come on.

- No, really. It's silly.

Those things are a lot of bunk,

they never come true.

Go on, beat it.

You don't like kids very much,

do you?

Oh, I like them, all right,

except when they're pests.

- What does it say?

- Hm?

- Come on.

- Oh, nothing, nothing.

Come on, tell me.

Come on.


I thought you said we'd have

the place to ourselves.

Oh, just the ocean.

The beach I couldn't get.

Hey, you're doing all right.

Two or three more lessons

and you'll be able to swim.

You can almost float now.

When your arms are holding me up.

When you're with me, you're safe.

I don't know whether it's safe or not.

I'm darned if I do either.

It must be getting late.

Let's get dressed.

No, there's plenty of time.

I'm thinking about that last train home.

Come on, Roger.

Get dressed.

All right.///



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Morrie Ryskind

Morrie Ryskind (October 20, 1895 – August 24, 1985) was an American dramatist, lyricist and writer of theatrical productions and motion pictures, who became a conservative political activist later in life. more…

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