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I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing:

Pennies From Heaven 1981 Poster (Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 Poster
(Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Even most rabid Steve Martin fans haven’t seen his 1981 musical Pennies From Heaven—it disappeared from theaters almost as soon as it opened, and it’s not even available on DVD. Here’s a rare chance to catch this dark, brooding tale of false optimism in the face of the Great Depression. Martin seems positively Fred Astaire-ish in the musical numbers; an amazing feat (feet!) when you consider he never took a dance lesson until a few months before filming started.