Penny Serenade

DVD Release: June 26, 2000
Penny Serenade


A couple’s big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

Dove Review

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star in this classic movie. “Penny Serenade” is the story about a couple that goes through ups and downs in their marriage. As music plays from different records, Julie (Irene Dunne) remembers her life together with her husband, from the first meeting to the present, when she is about to leave their home.

It is a love story of good times and bad. They go through the loss of having a children and think about adoption, which turns out to be a difficult process. As in any relationship, when something happens that puts a strain on a marriage, a couple must work hard to communicate.

The movie’s themes include the relationship of a married couple, the loss of a child and adoption. It is heartwarming and tear-jerking at times, but it’s a wonderful classic that is very enjoyable. We proudly award “Penny Serenade” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus, due to the nature of the story.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Earthquake destroys house, which collapses on woman.
Sex: Couple kisses many times; married couple on train behind closed doors, assumed to have sex.
Language: None.
Violence: Earthquake destroys house, which collapses on woman.
Drugs: People drink at party; man brings bootleg liquor to door; woman in hospital; man smoking.
Nudity: Characters give a baby a bath.
Other: Woman has a miscarriage and is unable to have children after earthquake incident; mom puts baby in bed with parents; a letter tells of child dying from illness; character feels guilty after a loss of a child, due to illness.


Company: Storybox - Public Domain
Director: George Stevens
Producer: George Stevens
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe