Penny Paradise (1938)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In this early film from director Sir Carol Reed, Edmund Gwenn stars as Joe Higgins, a hardworking tugboat captain who is ecstatic when he learns that he has won a lucrative soccer pool. To celebrate, Higgins quits his job and invites all his pals to the local tavern for a wingding. But during the party, the validity of the Liverpudlian captain's win comes into question. Star Gwenn would later be remembered by most movie lovers for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Kris Kringle in 1947's Miracle on 34th Street.

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captain [military], consolation, daughter, football, friendship, loot, luxury, mail, party, pool [billiards], prize, problems, rags-to-riches, river, soccer, ticket, tugboat, wager