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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>

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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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Trivia

The $60,000 Penelope steals from the bank would equate to $465,000 in 2017. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, after the bank robbery and her visit to Bergdorf's, Penelope enters James' (Dick Shawn) office and tosses her mink on to a chair and it promptly slides off. After an immediate cut to where she is lying on the shrink's couch, in the back ground, the fur is draped over the back of the chair. 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

Referenced in The King of the Duplicators (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Penelope
Words by Leslie Bricusse
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
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Natalie Looks Great In This Insipid Comedy
17 October 2000 | by Kelt SmithSee all my reviews

Made in 1966 during the heigth of her starpower, PENELOPE is not one of Natalie Wood's better pictures, although she looks beautiful throughout and is adorable. Natalie was dating Arthur Lowe Jr around this time and he coincidentally produced this film. Natalie was also savvy enough to surround herself with an exceptionally strong supporting cast: Peter Falk, Dick Shawn, the one note Lila Kedrova, and small parts by Jonathan Winters, and the overlooked Amzie Strickland( who still does commercials today ). STORYLINE: Natalie as PENELOPE is a gorgeous rich young wife who feels neglected by her handsome banker hubby, so she robs his bank while wearing an expensive "Givenchy" suit and spends the majority of the film either trying to get rid of or retrieve the suit ! Neither plausible, nor side splittingly funny, it is however, standard 60's lite fare. TRIVIA: The film bombed at the box office and Natalie attempted suicide not long after. Natalie didn't make another movie for 3 years after this one, returning in the smash hit BOB,CAROL,TED & ALICE. Edith Evanson, who played the look a like bank robber died exactly 1 year before Natalie on 11/29/81.


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