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Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade is a 1941 American melodrama film directed by George Stevens and starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as 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.

Plot

The film charts the meeting, courtship, and marriage of Julie Gardiner (Irene Dunne) and Roger Adams (Cary Grant) through the playing of popular songs relevant to each time period. After their spur-of-the-moment marriage on New Years' Eve and a night in Roger's train compartment en route to San Francisco, Julie rejoins Roger in Tokyo where he has a stint as a reporter. Julie loses their unborn child in the 1923 Tokyo earthquake and returns to California despondent, until their friend Applejack Carney (Edgar Buchanan) encourages them to adopt a child. While Roger struggles to keep a newspaper going in the fictional California town of Rosalia, Julie keeps house and outfits the nursery.