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Wake Up and Live (1937)

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

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23 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Fantôme Radiophonique  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The Lux Radio Theatre version (aired 2.21.44) starred Marilyn Maxwell in the Alice Faye role. See more »

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Referenced in Lost and Foundling (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Swell of You
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Ben Bernie's Orchestra
Danced by the Condos Brothers
also sung by Jack Haley (dubbed by Buddy Clark)
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A wonderful Fox Musical
22 February 2001 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

Another classic motion picture that has never been available on video and another shame for eager classic movie fans. This 90 minute musical has everything you could ever hope for from a film. Great songs, dancing, comedy, drama, suspense and Alice Faye! The "feud' between Ben Bernie and Walter Winchell (as real as the "feud" of Jack Benny and Fred Allen) inspired this film which takes place during the great days of live radio.

Bernie and Winchell are the main attractions here but Jack Haley, Alice Faye, Patsy Kelly and Ned Sparks are the real stars of this picture. With the fine backing of Fox, this film was one in the long series of musicals featuring Faye and a stellar supporting cast. It is in this film that she introduces the standard classic song, "There's A Lull In My Life".

Jack Haley is featured as a singer who suffers from mike fright. Actually, Haley's wonderful singing voice is dubbed in this film by Buddy Clark! For trivia fans, Haley refers to this role in his next picture, "Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm", when he lets a young girl who is afraid of microphones know that he was once afraid of them too.

The film is a timepiece of an era long gone. If you ever get the chance to see this great film with all of its wonderful songs, "It's Swell Of You","Wake Up And Live" and, "Never In A Million Years", you won't be mislead.


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