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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

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

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

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based on novel

Genres:

Musical

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Release Date:

23 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il fantasma cantante  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

Followed by Love and Hisses (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Never in a Million Years
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Jack Haley (dubbed by Buddy Clark)
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One of the friskier Foxes
19 March 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Fox musicals are often weighed down by leaden screenplays, dull camera-work, irrelevant specialty acts, and personalities with not that much personality. Some of those traits are evident in this musical-comedy piffle about the Walter Winchell-Ben Bernie feud, but there are compensating pleasures. High among them is Alice Faye warbling good Gordon-Revel songs such as "There's a Lull in My Life" (a surprisingly boring arrangement of it, though, and she's unflatteringly gowned); also, a genuinely funny second couple in Patsy Kelly and Ned Sparks; also, a specialty dance by Joan Davis. Jack Haley's an adequate leading man, though not a particularly charismatic one, and, since the plot turns on his golden voice, his songs are dubbed by Buddy Clark. (Haley could sing, but not well enough to be a "phantom troubadour.") It's brisk and reasonably comical, the musical numbers are fine, and the production bloat that hobbled so many Fox musicals over the next decade is nowhere evident.


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