Pennies from Heaven (1936): McLeod’s Oscar-Nominated Musical Starring Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby stars in this sentimental musical drama made at Columbia.

In jail by mistake, Crosby’s Larry meets a condemned prisoner, and promises the doomed man to look after his little girl, Patsy (Edith Fellows), when he gets out.

The girl’s grandfather (Donald Meek) is also part of the “deal,” and soon Crosby has more responsibilities than he cares to.

Crosby sings the title song to the girl and to Madge Evans

The film’s cast also includes Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Song: Pennies from Heaven, music by Arthur Johnston, lyrics by Johnny Burke

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The Song Oscar went to “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields from the Astaire and Rogers musical “Swing Time.”

Running time: 80 Minutes.

Directed by Norman Z. McLeod

Written by Katherine Leslie Moore and William Rankin

Released: November 25, 1936

DVD: January 28, 2003