Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1929)

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red-nichols-1Red Nichols and his Five Pennies (1929) Vitaphone short. Directed by Murray Roth, released 16 September 1929 (USA). Soundtracks list adapted from IMDb:

  • “Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider” (Eddie Munson)
  • “Nobody’s Sweetheart” (m. Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel, w. Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman) vocal: Eddie Condon
  • “Who Cares?” (m. Milton Ager, w. Jack Yellen) vocal: Eddie Condon
  • “China Boy” (Dick Winfree, Phil Boutelje)

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The musicians are Red Nichols (cornet), Tommy Thune and John Egan (trumpet), Herb Taylor (trombone), Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Irving Brodsky (piano), Eddie Condon (banjo and vega lute) and George Beebe (drums). It has become a very well known film which is all over the internet but here is an excellent quality version – for a change.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Montgomery
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 00:04:16

    I teach at my church and I am teaching the children about counting pennies. I am looking for the words to the “Five Pennies Song” “This little penny is to grow on .. —-and with these five pennies you will be a millionaire etc” My Father and I saw the movie with Danny Kay. Could you send me the words and music to the Five Pennies song. Let me know what the cost will be Thank You Linda Montgomery e-mail- linda2218@verizon.net
    Address – 2218 South Garnet Street, Phila., Pa. 19145
    Phone – 215-463-2933

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    • doc
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 12:08:52

      Linda, Hi. Here are the lyrics from the site http://www.elyrics.net:

      The Five Pennies (words and music: Sylvia Fine)

      This little penny is to wish on
      And make your wishes come true
      This little penny is to dream on
      Dream of all you can do

      This little penny is a dancing penny
      See how it glitters and it glows
      Bright as a whistle
      Light as a thistle
      Quick, quick as a wink
      Up on it’s twinkling toes

      This little penny is to laugh on
      To see that tears never fall
      This this little penny
      Is the last little penny
      And the most important of all

      For this penny is to love on
      And where love is, heaven is there
      So with just five pennies, if they’re these five pennies
      You’ll be a millionaire

      For this penny is to love on
      And where love is, heaven is there
      So with just five pennies, if they’re these five pennies
      You’ll be a millionaire

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  2. priya thomas
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:33:51

    lovely song-my mum used to sing it and i remember it clearly-i really wish she were alive to hear all her old favourites

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  3. Gregory
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 15:42:46

    Hello all, I really need some help. I am desperately trying to find the chords or music notes for the five pennies song, the “this little penny is to wish on …….etc etc”. I have searched the Internet high and low and can’t find anything

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  4. peg pascal
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 17:45:10

    I, too, am trying to find the music notation. Did you ever find it?

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  5. John Dunn
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 04:23:58

    Easzi Peazi !!! Go to Google , type in Sheet music for ” Five Pennies ”
    Open Sylvia Fine Page. Sheet music displayed , small but could be enlarged

    Reply

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