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Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)

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A small town electrician becomes a hit singer in New York and gets involved with a gold digger, a thief, an opera singer and the woman he loves.

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Complete credited cast:
Kenny Baker ...
Frank McHugh ...
'Sniffer' Sears
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Mme. Sonia Moro
Gertrude Michael ...
Jessica Stafford
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Marjorie Day
John Eldredge ...
Jim Lidin
Henry O'Neill ...
D.M. Gateway
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Doc Jeremiah George Quinn
Ferris Taylor ...
Hiram P. Doremus
Linda Perry ...
Information Desk Girl
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In the small town of Pewamo, Claude Dodd, an electrician singing baritone in the local Strawberry Festival is heard by the owner of the Morpheus Mattress Company, who hires him to sing on the radio program he sponsors. Before he leaves for New York with his manager, "Sniffer" Sears, he has a minor operation to cure an attack of quinsy, and is told by the doctor not to use his voice. In front of the radio microphone the following week, he finds he's a tenor when he sings, much to the chagrin of the mattress company owner, who hates tenors. But that soon changes when telegrams pour in praising his voice, so that the station owner, Gateway, offers him a contract for 52 weeks, at a salary of $1000 per week, which was upped from the initial offer by Gateway's secretary, Marjorie Day, signalling Sears. Marjorie took a liking to Claude and vice versa, so while Claude becomes wealthy and famous, he and Marjorie fall in love. Because of his fame, he meets ditsy but egotistical opera singer, ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Claude Dodd is seen quickly putting on his jacket over shirt sleeves rolled up above his elbows, before taking the stage to sing his first song, but after a brief cut to audience members, his shirt cuffs are showing properly at his wrists under the jacket. See more »

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Opening credits emanate from the top of the radio transmitter tower. See more »

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If I Were a Little Pond Lily
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Kenny Baker at the strawberry festival
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Cute PLot. Brady Great
17 August 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of Kenny Baker till this turned up. He certainly could sing but not in a way that appeals to me. He's likable as the hick who becomes a star. Gertrude Michael is excellent as the gold-digger who tries to get his money. Jane Wyman is sweet as the girl who truly cares for him.

But Alice Brady is a scream as a diva. She's an opera singer -- who dubbed her singing voice?? -- and a very grand lady. She presages Mary Boland's classic performance as the Countess in "The Women." There's no reason not to like this harmless movie. And Brady elevates it to having a reason to like it very much indeed.


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