Friday, July 6, 2012


Penelope(1966). Comedy directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Peter Falk, Jonathan Winters and Dick Shawn.

The story begins when Penelope, lonely and wanting to get her banker husband James, attention.  Dresses herself up as a sweet old lady and holds up her husband's bank for $60,000.

She then goes to the ladies' room, changing into a yellow suit, as she leaves she informs the guards that a little old lady with a gun is in the ladies' room, and quickly leaves the bank. Then heads straight for her ninkapoop of a psychiatrist, Gregory Mannix and confesses that she is kleptomania.

As luck would have it, one of the banks cameras has photographed the crime and caught a glimpse of a woman wearing yellow suit leaving the bank.

Police Lieutenant Bixbee, who is charmed by Penelope, suspects her after he notices that the little old lady and the yellow suited woman caught on camera, have the same walk as she does. Penelope, gives the yellow suit to a thrift shop and it is purchased by Sadaba, who runs a boutique.

Sadaba, learns the truth about the suit and she and her partner, Ducky, try to blackmail Penelope. Penelope confesses to Dr. Mannix, who goes to return the money through the bank's night deposit box and leaves the money sticking out of the box.

Penelope, confesses the truth when a streetwalker who finds the money is accused of the robbery, but.. will anyone believe her?

The photography in this film is absolutely gorgeous and it fun to see Natalie, wearing the styles of the mid-1960's, designed by Edith Head..

Norma Crane (November 10, 1928 — September 28, 1973) was an actress of stage, film and television. Among her best known roles was that of Golde in the 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof. She also starred in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! and Penelope.


  1. I will admit that one of the only Natalie Wood movies I've seen is West Side Story. It's sad I know, I plan on getting around to watching more of her films. And Penelope looks like a good one.

    And Norma Crane, I do remember her from Fiddler on the Roof. My senior year of HS our spring musical was Fiddler and I was Golde!

    Great post!


  2. Mighty B, West Side Story, is my least favorite of the Natalie Wood films. So, if you enjoyed her in that film.. I think that you will also enjoy her in her other films.

    How awesome! that you played Golde, in your school musical!!!


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