Rewind Rarity: Steve Martin in "Pennies From Heaven" (1981)

Found this throwback of a forgotten gem from the late director Herbert Ross ("Footloose", "Play It again, Sam") on TCM, airing around 3 am (DVR is amazing, right?). Steve Martin stars in this Prohibition-era musical as a horny husband who gets wrapped up in a murder in Chicago. Also features dancing in drawers from Christopher Walken, who provides great comic relief in his role. The Fred Astaire beholden musical numbers are lip-synced and are sorta cringe-inducing yet fascinating; the choreography and set pieces are at time marvelous. As a film from over thirty years ago about a far-gone era even then, there is a great retro quality that emanates from the grain on the screen.

Worth a look and deserving of a restoration. Stream it at the Warner Archive.


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