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The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker


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  • Actors: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Charles Coburn, Jill St. John, Ron Ely
  • Directors: Henry Levin
  • Writers: Walter Reisch
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BY8D9UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A successful businessman, Mr. Pennypacker, has two wives and two sets of children in two different cities - what will he do when one wife finds out about the other one? Shown in 4:3 letterbox format using the highest quality source material available.

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What a fun movie.
nan
Clifton Webb is a good actor and a very young Jill St John is lovely.
dc
Fun movie which I have been enjoying for many years!
ejonde

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tarleton on April 11, 2013
This is a wonderful movie. Clifton Webb, as always, his usual terrific self. However, this movie was filmed in CinemaScope and Fox is releasing this in the pan & Scan version. Shame on you Fox. We are tired of being short-changed in this day and age of wide screen TVs. Warning - Do Not Buy these Pan & Scan DVDs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat on May 4, 2013
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In Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th century, a businessman (Clifton Webb) has successfully kept his two marriages and two families (with a total of 17 children) separate and a secret from each other. But when his Philadelphia son (Ray Stricklyn) unexpectedly visits the Harrisburg family looking for his father, the secret comes out and threatens to prevent the marriage of his daughter (Jill St. John) to the minister's (Larry Gates) son (Ron Ely, TV's TARZAN). Based on the play by Liam O'Brien, this wasn't quite the wholesome CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN knock off I was expecting. Although in the end it espouses traditional societal family values, it's a look at a so called unconventional "free thinker" and non-conformist who gets hoisted on his own petard with some laugh out loud moments. Webb, as expected, is able to deliver a quip with a razor like delivery but Dorothy McGuire as the first wife proves a feisty opponent. Directed by Henry Levin (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH). With Charles Coburn (as Webb's father although he's only 12 years older), Dorothy Stickney, David Nelson (TV's OZZIE AND HARRIET), Larry Gates, Richard Deacon, Doro Merande and Joan Freeman.

The Fox MOD DVDr is a decent wide screen (2.35) transfer although not anamorphic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael R. Evans on May 2, 2013
For some reason, Clifton Webb was an actor Fox thought of first for movies involving fathers with big families. Maybe the success of SITTING PRETTY in 1948 led to him being given roles in which he could react comically with children. (MR SCOUTMASTER is another example where the kids were not his own). Knowing what we now know of Mr Webb's lifestyle, casting him as a father was clearly "casting against type", but then again so was casting Rock Hudson as a romantic lead. THE REMARKABLE MR PENNYPACKER was based on a Broadway play which in turn was based on a fictionalized biography of a member of a famous family of Pennsylvania which could boast a Civil War hero and a Governor.There is historical evidence of the Pennypacker who became a bigamist (a more common practise of yesteryear than we would like to think), but how much of this story is factual is hard to say. It is interesting that such a subject matter could be viewed as an ideal story for family entertainment, but '50's movies could present unsavoury subject matter in such a way that the sexual issues involved went right over the heads of many in the audience, especially children.
The play ran on Broadway from Dec '53 to July '54 and starred Burgess Meredith (a very different personality to Clifton Webb, who no doubt tailored the role to his persona) and Martha Scott, a warm, sensitive actress not unlike Dorothy McGuire, who essayed the role on screen. With a total of 17 children, the CinemaScope screen came in handy for this colourful,almost Disney-style period comedy. I am happy to announce that the Fox Made-on -Demand disc presents the full 2:35 CinemaScope ratio. (It is regrettable that so many 'Scope films have been released panned-and-scanned by this company, the "Father studio" of CinemaScope.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By iMacDSL on March 18, 2014
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This is a horrible copy of this film. It's actually pixilated from whoever made this DVD. I would wait for a better copy to be made available before shelling out any money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Holstrom on August 18, 2013
Love this movie about a more simple time when you didn't know what was going on when someone owned a company and made business trips every other month to the other branch.One little thing such as someone ready to get married and
pa needs to come home and the cat is let out of the bag!Webb is always right and the world is wrong in this great story of families and their problems.A "must see"!
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Great family entertainment. Clifton Webb always played a great character role. Hollywood needs to bring back wholesome movies, but I think the morals of our once great country have all but disappeared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grandbaa on May 7, 2014
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There are many old favorites in this film and it is funny to watch. Interesting to see how a man juggled two families in the old days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dc on May 6, 2014
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this is an old movie that's fun and very well acted. Clifton Webb is a good actor and a very young Jill St John is lovely. Can u believe she once dated Henry Kissinger?
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