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Penelope (1966)

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of sixty thousand dollars.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Howard Fast (novel) (as E.V. Cunningham)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Wood ... Penelope
Ian Bannen ... James B. Elcott
Dick Shawn ... Dr. Gregory Mannix
Peter Falk ... Lt. Bixbee
Jonathan Winters ... Professor Klobb
Lila Kedrova ... Sadaba
Lou Jacobi ... Ducky
Norma Crane ... Mildred
Arthur Malet ... Major Higgins
Jerome Cowan ... Bank Manager
Arlene Golonka ... Honeysuckle Rose
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Miss Serena
Bill Gunn ... Sgt. Rothschild
Carl Ballantine ... Boom Boom
Iggie Wolfington Iggie Wolfington ... Store Owner
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Storyline

When James met Penelope at a club, it took all of three weeks before they were married. But after the marriage, other women became attracted to James and he kept getting promoted, which took him away from Penelope. So Penelope puts on a disguise and robs her husband's bank. Her psychiatrist, Greg, believes that this condition is caused by James being over worked and under romantic with Penelope. She also tells Greg that she robs the business associates of James. But Greg is in love with Penelope - in fact everyone likes her. The problem is when she confesses to her crimes, no one believes her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She's Public Entertainment No. 1 See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min kone er bankrøver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Three years earlier, Dick Shawn, Jonathan Winters, and Peter Falk all starred together in "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". See more »

Goofs

When Penelope and her husband are riding in the back of the police van near the end of the movie, the view out the back door windows of the van is visible behind them. The process shot being used was filmed from a vehicle moving forward, which would mean that the police van was driving down the street backwards. See more »

Quotes

James B. Elcott: [His bank has been trying to contact her regarding an inheritance] I've written you 9 times in the last 2 months... You're certain you never received any of my letters?
Penelope: Ah, I know what happened... You see, I never open my mail.
James B. Elcott: Oh. Who does it for you?
Penelope: Nobody.
James B. Elcott: What happens to it?
Penelope: Well, usually I stick it away in a drawer someplace, and then I always forget it. Or, it gets lost.
James B. Elcott: Don't you lose a lot of friends that way?
Penelope: Oh, no. Just the opposite! You see, if you write me a letter, and I answer it...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are animated. Black hands without a body steal the diamonds contained in the first letter in the first name of the actors and crew members. See more »

Connections

Featured in Penelope's Fashion Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
: (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by the Salvation Army Band
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an amazing witness of New York as Fun City
2 February 2005 | by paloaltodadSee all my reviews

I was 16 when this movie came out and completely overlooked it. I'm afraid I was more into the new wave at the Paris than this kind of thing at the mall.

I saw it 30 years later and was astounded by the beautiful and to my eye authentic documentation of New York City at a moment of awesome and perishable beauty--a phrase that describes equally well the amazing Natalie Wood. The screenplay is a failed attempt at a 60s 'modern' screwball comedy, but the film work and editing are wonderful, and the camera has loved very few people with the intensity it loves Natalie Wood who glows in the wonderful 60s fashions.


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