pennies from heaven


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pennies from heaven

Unanticipated good fortune or benefits for which one is extremely grateful or in need of. The rookie quarterback has been like pennies from heaven for the struggling team, leading them in over 15 victories this season—more than any in the past 30 years. You may scoff at a jackpot of "only" $2,000, but for many people that much money would be pennies from heaven.
See also: heaven, penny

pennies from heaven

Unexpected good fortune, a windfall, as in They sent back our check-pennies from heaven. This expression may have originated with a song and motion picture so named (1936), popularized by Bing Crosby.
See also: heaven, penny

pennies from heaven

unexpected benefits, especially financial ones.
Pennies from Heaven was the title of a 1936 song by the American songwriter Johnny Burke ( 1908–64 ). The expression is also well known as the title of a BBC drama series by Dennis Potter in the late 1970s.
See also: heaven, penny
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Hits like Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Blue Moon, Roll Along Prairie Moon and, of course, the title track, Pennies From Heaven, gave a new dimension to the drama - especially with the characters spontaneously bursting into song and lip-synching and dancing to the music.
National Society of Film Critics ("Pennies From Heaven," "Godfather: Part II," "The Parallax View")
His credits range from the seminal Dennis Potter BBC musical drama Pennies From Heaven in 1978, which mixed dark storylines with characters miming popular pre-war songs, to Hollywood blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which combined live action with cartoons.
But they'll benefit from Osborne's pennies from heaven.
Kitchen-sink musical in the style of Dennis Potter's Pennies From Heaven - part whiny, part winsome.
Bob's career took off in 1976 with Dennis Potter drama Pennies From Heaven. He went on to a Hollywood career with films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Nixon.
Two-and-a-half years ago, Ulbrich and his team raised Frank Sinatra from the dead to perform 'Pennies From Heaven' at Simon Cowell's 50th birthday party.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas is one of 1,100 afterschool organization from across the country matched with a local JCPenney store that will benefit from the entire proceeds raised during the pennies from heaven campaign.
Pennies from heaven - and possibly a week of publicity from hell.
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2 In the film, who played the lead in Pennies from Heaven? 3 When founded, by what name was the United Nations known?
The Sidney Center - Assist the Pennies From Heaven campaign - delivering baby bottles to churches, businesses and others to fill with change.
In the TV mini-series Pennies From Heaven Bob Hoskins played travelling salesman Arthur Parker.
I went back and looked at movies like Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Top Hat, and Pennies from Heaven.
These alternate sources of funding can provide crucial cash as long as entrepreneurs know the true costs of accepting what seem to be pennies from heaven.