Penrod and Sam (1931)

70-71 mins | Comedy-drama | 3 October 1931

Director:

William Beaudine

Writer:

Waldemar Young

Cinematographer:

Roy F. Overbaugh

Editor:

LeRoy Stone

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although the title on the viewed print was The Adventures of Penrod and Sam , all reviews and the copyright entry list the title as Penrod and Sam . Helen Beaudine was the director's daughter. Other films based on the Booth Tarkington books include the 1922 film Penrod , directed by Marshall Neilan for his own production company and starring Wesley Barry as Penrod, and Penrod and Sam , directed by William Beaudine in 1923 with Ben Alexander and Joe Butterworth (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4199, F2.4200). Both were released by First National. Warner Bros. produced a series of three Penrod movies in 1937 and 1938, beginning with Penrod and Sam (see below). For additional information on that series, consult that entry and the Series Index. In 1951, Warner Bros. used the Tarkington stories as the basis for a musical entitled On Moonlight Bay , which starred Doris Day and Gordon MacRae and was directed by Roy Del Ruth. The same actors starred in the 1953 follow-up By the Light of the Silvery Moon , directed by David ... More Less

Although the title on the viewed print was The Adventures of Penrod and Sam , all reviews and the copyright entry list the title as Penrod and Sam . Helen Beaudine was the director's daughter. Other films based on the Booth Tarkington books include the 1922 film Penrod , directed by Marshall Neilan for his own production company and starring Wesley Barry as Penrod, and Penrod and Sam , directed by William Beaudine in 1923 with Ben Alexander and Joe Butterworth (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4199, F2.4200). Both were released by First National. Warner Bros. produced a series of three Penrod movies in 1937 and 1938, beginning with Penrod and Sam (see below). For additional information on that series, consult that entry and the Series Index. In 1951, Warner Bros. used the Tarkington stories as the basis for a musical entitled On Moonlight Bay , which starred Doris Day and Gordon MacRae and was directed by Roy Del Ruth. The same actors starred in the 1953 follow-up By the Light of the Silvery Moon , directed by David Butler. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Sep 31
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Aug 31
p. 36.
New York Times
19 Jul 31
p. 4.
New York Times
26 Sep 31
p. 25.
New York Times
4 Oct 31
p. 5.
Variety
29 Sep 31
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington (New York, 19l6).
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
The Adventures of Penrod and Sam
Release Date:
3 October 1931
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2477
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Penrod Schofield and Sam Williams are good friends and founding members of the In-Or-In boy's club. Penrod is perpetually in trouble at school and in the neighborhood because of the pranks he plays. Georgie Bassett and Rodney Bitts, two other boys at school, are always complaining to adults about Penrod and Sam, so the boys will not allow them into their club. When Georgie's father, Mr. Bassett, tells this to Penrod's father, Henry Schofield, Mr. Schofield insists that the boys invite Georgie to join their club. Having been forced into accepting Georgie, they decide to make his initiation especially unpleasant. Rodney, who also dislikes the boys, then pretends that Penrod and Sam harmed him, and the two boys are unfairly punished. Meanwhile, Penrod and Sam argue over a girl, Marjorie Jones, whom they both like, and Penrod's dog, Duke, is run over by a car. Penrod hits his lowest period when Penrod's father sells the empty lot where the clubhouse is located to Mr. Bitts, who throws the boys off the land. Out of revenge, Rodney even refuses to allow Penrod to visit Duke's grave next to the clubhouse. When he realizes how much the lot means to Penrod, Mr. Schofield buys the land back from Mr. Bitts, and having learned his lesson, Penrod makes up with Sam and invites Rodney to join the ... +


Penrod Schofield and Sam Williams are good friends and founding members of the In-Or-In boy's club. Penrod is perpetually in trouble at school and in the neighborhood because of the pranks he plays. Georgie Bassett and Rodney Bitts, two other boys at school, are always complaining to adults about Penrod and Sam, so the boys will not allow them into their club. When Georgie's father, Mr. Bassett, tells this to Penrod's father, Henry Schofield, Mr. Schofield insists that the boys invite Georgie to join their club. Having been forced into accepting Georgie, they decide to make his initiation especially unpleasant. Rodney, who also dislikes the boys, then pretends that Penrod and Sam harmed him, and the two boys are unfairly punished. Meanwhile, Penrod and Sam argue over a girl, Marjorie Jones, whom they both like, and Penrod's dog, Duke, is run over by a car. Penrod hits his lowest period when Penrod's father sells the empty lot where the clubhouse is located to Mr. Bitts, who throws the boys off the land. Out of revenge, Rodney even refuses to allow Penrod to visit Duke's grave next to the clubhouse. When he realizes how much the lot means to Penrod, Mr. Schofield buys the land back from Mr. Bitts, and having learned his lesson, Penrod makes up with Sam and invites Rodney to join the club. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Youth


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