Penrod and Sam (1937)

64-65 mins | Drama | 28 February 1937

Director:

William McGann

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

Thomas Pratt

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Warner Bros. made three films inspired by Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" stories, each starring Billy Mauch as "Penrod." The next two films in the series, Penrod's Double Trouble and Penrod and His Twin Brother co-starred Mauch's real-life twin brother Bobby. For additional information on the Warner Bros. films and others featuring the characters "Penrod," see the entry above for the 1931 film Penrod and Sam and consult the Series Index. ...

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Warner Bros. made three films inspired by Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" stories, each starring Billy Mauch as "Penrod." The next two films in the series, Penrod's Double Trouble and Penrod and His Twin Brother co-starred Mauch's real-life twin brother Bobby. For additional information on the Warner Bros. films and others featuring the characters "Penrod," see the entry above for the 1931 film Penrod and Sam and consult the Series Index.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Mar 1937
p. 14
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 1937
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jan 1937
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
7 Nov 1936
p. 36
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jan 1937
p. 28
MPSI
1 Jan 1937
p. 22
New York Times
29 Mar 1937
p. 14
Variety
17 Mar 1937
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
L. Wm. O'Connell
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1916).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
28 February 1937
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp.
2 February 1937
LP6895
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64-65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2753
SYNOPSIS

Penrod Schofield gets into a fight with Rodney Bitts, the son of his father's boss, because Rodney torments younger and smaller Verman Diggs. Rodney lies to his father about the cause of the fight, however, stating that Penrod attacked him without provocation. When he returns home that night, Mr. Schofield scolds Penrod, sending him to his room without supper. Later, however, he learns the truth about the fight, but explains to Penrod that he must learn to be diplomatic with Rodney as he himself must be diplomatic with Rodney's father. Touched, Penrod swears his father into his junior G-man club. The next day, however, Rodney and Penrod again come to blows, and when Schofield defends his son, Bitts fires him. Later, Roy "Dude" Hanson and his gang rob the bank where Schofield worked. During their escape, they shoot and kill Verman's mother. Penrod asks his family to adopt Verman to keep him out of the orphanage. They explain that they cannot afford to do so, but after Verman runs away, the Schofields find him in the cemetery, sobbing on his mother's grave. Mrs. Schofield takes pity on Verman and arranges for their housekeeper, Delia, to care for him. Penrod, his best friend Sam, and their gang decide to help the police find the bank robbers. All except Penrod and Sam spread out to look in different areas. The two boys hear a noise in the club house, an old barn, and when they investigate, they are captured by the robbers, who have been hiding in the loft. Not wanting to be left out, Rodney sneaks into the club house ...

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Penrod Schofield gets into a fight with Rodney Bitts, the son of his father's boss, because Rodney torments younger and smaller Verman Diggs. Rodney lies to his father about the cause of the fight, however, stating that Penrod attacked him without provocation. When he returns home that night, Mr. Schofield scolds Penrod, sending him to his room without supper. Later, however, he learns the truth about the fight, but explains to Penrod that he must learn to be diplomatic with Rodney as he himself must be diplomatic with Rodney's father. Touched, Penrod swears his father into his junior G-man club. The next day, however, Rodney and Penrod again come to blows, and when Schofield defends his son, Bitts fires him. Later, Roy "Dude" Hanson and his gang rob the bank where Schofield worked. During their escape, they shoot and kill Verman's mother. Penrod asks his family to adopt Verman to keep him out of the orphanage. They explain that they cannot afford to do so, but after Verman runs away, the Schofields find him in the cemetery, sobbing on his mother's grave. Mrs. Schofield takes pity on Verman and arranges for their housekeeper, Delia, to care for him. Penrod, his best friend Sam, and their gang decide to help the police find the bank robbers. All except Penrod and Sam spread out to look in different areas. The two boys hear a noise in the club house, an old barn, and when they investigate, they are captured by the robbers, who have been hiding in the loft. Not wanting to be left out, Rodney sneaks into the club house and is captured as well. Verman witnesses the event and runs to bring help. Working together, Rodney, Penrod and Sam manage to knock Hanson and the criminals unconscious before the sheriff and the police arrive. The club members receive a letter of commendation from the Department of Justice. Rodney and his father are made members of the club. When the boys receive the reward for Hanson's capture, they vote to give the money to Verman so he can go to college when he grows up.

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