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Claire Wilcox


B: July 2, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario

Claire Wilcox played the title character in Norman Jewison’s debut feature film 40 Pounds of Trouble. Her character’s name was Penelope ‘Penny’ Piper, a child left left behind in a casino by her gambling father. Tony Curtis played casino manager Steve McCluskey and Suzanne Pleshette played his club singer and the love interest. Having the “40 pounds of trouble” in the casino jeopardizes its gaming licence. Wilcox’s career lasted about 10 years from 1961 to 1972 and was mainly on television.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
Wives and Lovers (1963)
Horatio Alger Jones (TV-1966)

TV Series – Cast:
Harris Against the World (1964-1965)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Window on Main Street (1961)
Dr. Kildare (1963)
The Virginian (1964)
Perry Mason (1964)
Ben Casey (1965)
Gunsmoke (1966)
Shane (1966)
Laredo (1966)
Lost in Space (1967)
Family Affair (1967)
Daniel Boone (1967, 1969)
My Three Sons (1967, 1969, 1970)
The High Chaparral (1968)
Gentle Ben (1968)

The Partridge Family (1970, 1972)
The Brady Bunch (1971)
The Smith Family (1971)

Claire Wilcox, actress,
This black & white poster image was scanned from an original Press Book for 40 Pounds of Trouble in the Northernstars Collection.