Penrod's Double Trouble (1938)

60-61 or 65 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 July 1938

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Cinematographer:

Arthur L. Todd

Editor:

Frank Dewar

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Actors Bobby and Billy Mauch were twins. They both appeared in the next film in Warner Bros.' "Penrod" series, Penrod and His Twin Brother. For information on other films featuring Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" character, consult the Series Index and See Entry for the 1931 film, Penrod and Sam. For additional information on films featuring Booth Tarkington's character "Penrod," consult the Series Index. ...

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Actors Bobby and Billy Mauch were twins. They both appeared in the next film in Warner Bros.' "Penrod" series, Penrod and His Twin Brother. For information on other films featuring Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" character, consult the Series Index and See Entry for the 1931 film, Penrod and Sam. For additional information on films featuring Booth Tarkington's character "Penrod," consult the Series Index.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Mar 1938
p. 3
Film Daily
26 Jul 1938
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 1937
pp. 14-15
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 1938
pp. 18-19
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 1938
p. 2
Motion Picture Daily
4 Apr 1938
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jan 1938
p. 55
Motion Picture Herald
2 Apr 1938
p. 42
Variety
27 Jul 1938
p. 17
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Arthur Todd
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
DANCE
Mus numbers dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Penrod by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1914) and his novel Penrod and Sam (New York, 1916).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
23 July 1938
Production Date:
mid Dec 1937--mid Jan 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
5 April 1938
LP8115
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61 or 65
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4035
SYNOPSIS

During a meeting of the Junior G-Men, headed by Penrod Schofield, the club votes to expunge Rodney Bitts. Rodney, who is listening from the loft of the barn where the meeting takes place, lets loose several hornets' nests for revenge. The boys all run out, but Rodney descends slowly, placing confidence in his beekeeper's outfit. Unfortunately, it gets caught on something and he is chased from the barn by a swarm of angry hornets. Rodney rushes to his father, blaming Penrod for his stings. Mr. Schofield, Penrod's father, was about to ask Bitts , his employer for a raise, but Bitts holds Schofield responsible for Penrod's actions and refuses to listen to his request. Returning home that evening, Schofield demands an apology from Penrod and will not listen to his explanation. He forbids Penrod to attend the visiting carnival and locks him in his room. By retrieving the key from the door, "Duke," Penrod's dog, enables Penrod to escape to the carnival. Changing his mind later, Schofield discovers Penrod's disappearance and rushes after him, determined to punish him. When Penrod learns that his father is chasing him, he hides in the basket of a large balloon. Meanwhile, Tex Boyden, a carnival worker, cuts the ropes holding the balloon to get even with his boss, Professor Caligostro. When Penrod does not return that night, the distraught Schofields post a reward. Hearing of this, Caligostro finds Danny Dugan, a double for Penrod, and suggests that he pretend to have amnesia long enough for Caligostro to receive the reward. Danny is so convincing that when Penrod calls from New Mexico, Schofield tells the ...

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During a meeting of the Junior G-Men, headed by Penrod Schofield, the club votes to expunge Rodney Bitts. Rodney, who is listening from the loft of the barn where the meeting takes place, lets loose several hornets' nests for revenge. The boys all run out, but Rodney descends slowly, placing confidence in his beekeeper's outfit. Unfortunately, it gets caught on something and he is chased from the barn by a swarm of angry hornets. Rodney rushes to his father, blaming Penrod for his stings. Mr. Schofield, Penrod's father, was about to ask Bitts , his employer for a raise, but Bitts holds Schofield responsible for Penrod's actions and refuses to listen to his request. Returning home that evening, Schofield demands an apology from Penrod and will not listen to his explanation. He forbids Penrod to attend the visiting carnival and locks him in his room. By retrieving the key from the door, "Duke," Penrod's dog, enables Penrod to escape to the carnival. Changing his mind later, Schofield discovers Penrod's disappearance and rushes after him, determined to punish him. When Penrod learns that his father is chasing him, he hides in the basket of a large balloon. Meanwhile, Tex Boyden, a carnival worker, cuts the ropes holding the balloon to get even with his boss, Professor Caligostro. When Penrod does not return that night, the distraught Schofields post a reward. Hearing of this, Caligostro finds Danny Dugan, a double for Penrod, and suggests that he pretend to have amnesia long enough for Caligostro to receive the reward. Danny is so convincing that when Penrod calls from New Mexico, Schofield tells the sheriff that his son has already returned. Only Duke realizes that Danny is not Penrod. The Schofields throw a surprise birthday party for the boy they think is their son. Penrod, who has hitchhiked home, arrives in the middle of the party and, looking through the window, sees his double. Danny sees Penrod at the same time. Feeling guilty because they have been so nice to him, Danny tries to tell the truth to the Schofields, who do not believe him. In the meantime, Penrod has been captured by Tex and Caligostro, who lock him in an abandoned house outside of town. Duke, however, recognizes Penrod and follows the kidnappers' car to the house. Penrod pins a note on Duke and the dog runs back to the clubhouse, where Danny has told the other boys the truth. They follow Duke to the house, capture the criminals and release Penrod. While the boys guard the criminals, Penrod and Danny rush to town to stop Caligostro from obtaining the reward. Caligostro is arrested and the Schofields promise to take care of Danny, too.

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