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The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Details


Based on a successful stage play, The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker loses in this adaptation to film by becoming more serious than an all-out farce. The setting is the end of the 1800s and the intrepid Pennypacker (Clifton Webb) runs a sausage company with two thriving plants in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. He shuttles back and forth between the cities and with equal aplomb, between two households. He maintains one wife (Dorothy McGuire) and eight children in one city, and another wife (Jill St. John) and nine children in the other. When one of the Mrs. Pennypackers finds out about his deception, the unruffled businessman sees no reason for her emotional reaction. Victorian inhibitions and rigidities are set against ultra-modern thinking, embodied in the people the bigamist admires -- like Darwin, the feminists (!), and free-thinkers. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Clifton Webb
as Pa Pennypacker
Dorothy McGuire
as Ma Pennypacker
Charles Coburn
as Grampa
Jill St. John
as Kate Pennypacker
Ron Ely
as Wilbur Fielding
Ray Stricklyn
as Horace Pennypacker III
David Nelson
as Henry Pennypacker
Dorothy Stickney
as Aunt Jane
Larry Gates
as Rev. Dr. Fielding
Richard Deacon
as Sheriff
Mary Jane Saunders
as Laurie Pennypacker
Mimi Gibson
as Elizabeth Pennypacker
Donald Losby
as Benny
Terry Rangno
as Teddy
Nora O'Mahoney
as Mrs. McNair
Doro Merande
as Miss Haskins
Harvey B. Dunn
as The Verger
Ralph Sanford
as The Fire Chief
Joan Freeman
as Mary Pennypacker
Ray Ferrell
as Charlie


Henry Levin
Charles Brackett
Walter Reisch
Milton Krasner
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer