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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 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 ...
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:

Fantôme Radiophonique  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Lux Radio Theatre version (aired 2.21.44) starred Marilyn Maxwell in the Alice Faye role. See more »


Referenced in Lost and Foundling (1944) See more »


Oh, But I'm Happy
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Mike Fright
6 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Fun musical comedy starring Jack Haley as part of a vaudeville team who have come to try out their act at a radio center, but he blows the audition because of "mike fright" - and his female partner, apparently really lacking in patience or loyalty, immediately drops him. He gets hired on as a guide there, and one day sings into a mike, not realizing that his vocals are going out live on the air. He has a great voice and is an immediate sensation, but since no one knows who did the singing, he becomes famous as the "Phantom Troubadour". Meanwhile, he meets a beautiful female singer (Alice Faye) whose radio show "Wake Up and Live" has just been canned by the network for lack of jokes. She decides to help him get over his mike fright - by having him come to her place each day to "practice" singing into a microphone, which unknown to him is putting his voice out live on the air every day!

With enjoyable, catchy songs (particularly the title song), a couple of fabulous tab dance numbers, Alice Faye looking absolutely gorgeous on the big screen, funny and likable Jack Haley, plus a fantastic looking print shown at a screening at Cinecon 43 in Hollywood, this film proved to be a real winner and a treat to see. A subplot in this film involves a feud between real life personalities Walter Winchell and orchestra leader, Ben Bernie, who appear as themselves. Character actors Patsy Kelly and especially Ned Sparks (who is hilarious here) add a touch of humor to the mix. A very entertaining film.

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