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Wake Up and Live (1937)

 -  Musical  -  23 August 1937 (USA)
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Satire on radio, built around the supposed feud between bandleader Ben Bernie and journalist Walter Winchell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Winchell ...
Walter Winchell
Ben Bernie ...
Ben Bernie (as Ben Bernie and His Orchestra)
Alice Huntley
Patsy Kane
Ned Sparks ...
Steve Cluskey
Eddie Kane
Walter Catlett ...
Gus Avery
Grace Bradley ...
Jean Roberts
Spanish Dancer
Leah Ray ...
Cafe Singer
James Stratton
Etienne Girardot ...
Waldo Peebles
Barnett Parker ...
Paul Hurst ...


Satire on radio, built around the supposed feud between bandleader Ben Bernie and journalist Walter Winchell.

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Release Date:

23 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il fantasma cantante  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jack Haley's singing was dubbed by Buddy Clark. See more »


Followed by Love and Hisses (1937) See more »


Bernie's Love Song
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Wake Up And Live (1937) is the best "feel good" musical movie ever made...see it!
27 July 2009 | by (Columbia (Lancaster County) Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

Wake Up And Live (1937) is the best "feel good" musical movie ever made, and one of the top 10 musical movies of any kind ever made.

Somehow, it disappeared, isn't ranked with famous musical movies....but deserves to be.

Everything is right with this movie, and about it. The songs, the acting, the singing, the comedy, the machine gun musical numbers fired at the audience one after the other...all winners. Talent, talent, talent to a breathtaking level which ends in such a rousing way, one has no alternative but to cheer.

"Old movies used to make people feel good" movie proves the truth of this oft stated bromide than Wake Up And Live (1937).

Walter Winchell got top billing for the movie...higher billing than the actual main characters played by Jack Hailey and Alice Faye.

Winchell was wonderful beyond words, and is true proof that movie stars are never made, trained, or created....they were already there when some smart movie producer put a camera in front of them and "let them do their thing."

When the movie camera can and does photograph charisma (with or without the help of microphones and sound recording), a movie star is born, and revealed.

That's what movie stardom really is....photographed charisma. Very few people really have it, and ticket buyers flock to see the phenomenon of movie stardom when it happens.....and money movie stars make for movie makers generates incredible wealth (whether movie stars themselves share in this and are rewarded for the riches they supply is another movie stars like Greta Garbo who didn't trust movie owner employers quit early and lived long lives.....other movie stars who foolishly trusted the big money Hollywood movie people paid the price, and some died young and tragically....sadly, many are not rewarded, and some are used brutally and mercilessly by no-conscience men of greed who traditionally run the movie business, still do.)

Walter Winchell was a natural movie star. He acted in vaudeville before he became a journalist celebrity, and was aware from actual experience as a paid performing artist of the problems and dilemmas actors faced. He didn't have to face those problems in the newspaper business. He moved from acting to writing, but always had the natural movie star actor ability we see shine brilliantly in Wake Up And Live (1937).

Winchell has such charisma and is such a natural before the camera (he plays himself.....I don't think he ever did another movie, or at least not one like this where he was center stage so often, and wonderful every second of the time), there's no way to say how good he was. You gotta see him in Wake Up And Live (1937).

Alice Faye (1915 - 1998), the female lead star of the movie proves color film isn't needed to show of the most incredible and hypnotizing blue eyes ever to appear in cinema at any time. She is so beautiful, and her eyes especially in the movie's abundant close-ups of her wonderful face, the viewer can't help being enchanted.

Wake Up And Live (1937) is wonderful for many reasons....the set decoration is packed with art deco night club scenes better than most big Fred Astaire movies.

Supporting actors and character actors of fame abound in Wake Up And Live (1937). Walter Catlett, Ned Sparks, William Demarest, Patsy Kelly, and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson....and on and on and on.......

The movie (and every main character in it) has style and élan and charm and pizazz to a level seldom, maybe never reached before nor showed the 1930's classy night club scene and brassy characters part of it all at its very best and most compelling.


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