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Radio City Revels (1938)

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A songwriter uses the songs one of his pupils writes while sleeping for his own contract.

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(as Ben Stoloff)

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(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Burns ...
Lester
Jack Oakie ...
Harry
Kenny Baker ...
Kenny
Victor Moore ...
Plummer
...
Teddy
Helen Broderick ...
Gertie
...
Billie
...
Jane
Buster West ...
Squenchy
Melissa Mason ...
Lisa
Richard Lane ...
Crane
Marilyn Vernon ...
Delia
Hal Kemp and His Orchestra
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Hal Kemp ...
Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

Washed-up songwriter Harry Miller and his neighbor, dancer Billie Shaw, are insolvent despite efforts to find work in radio. But Harry is visited by his "student," hillbilly Lester Robin, who can only write songs in his dreams. And lo! Lester's first nap yields a song hit for which Harry takes credit. But to fulfill his new contract, he needs to keep Lester sleeping, amidst romantic complications. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Plot Keywords:

song | dancer | songwriter | arkansas | radio | See more »

Taglines:

HOLLYWOOD SHOOTS THE WORKS! THE CREAM OF SCREEN AND RADIO STAR IN A ROARING MUSICAL SHOW! (original Herald-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Radio City Revels  »

Box Office

Budget:

$810,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$510,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Feb. 1938, this film was being shown on a double bill with The Jury's Secret (1938). See more »

Quotes

Billie Shaw: Oh, I'm sorry, but when anyone sings or plays, well, my feet won't stay still.
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Connections

Featured in Gauchos of El Dorado (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

WHY MUST I LOVE YOU
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics Herb Magidson
Sung by Bob Burns
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Aren't we lucky in Oz!
22 October 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A late night fixture in Australia, this delicious B grade RKO musical using recycled Astaire Rogers sets is a very funny musical. The idea could easily be remade into a modern Broadway stage musical like THE PRODUCERS as it centres around a songwriting duo who cheat using a bumpkin music student who creates swing tunes while he is asleep. the couple of dance numbers are very good and 18 year old Ann Miller had a dazzler in the first few minutes. The hayseed number about 20 minutes in also features leggy antics that will draw gasps from viewers 1938-2008. I find it hard to believe it cost $810,000 as more expensive films like "Roberta" and other Astaire Rogers films cost the same amount. This one uses recycled sets and does not lose any points for that at all. It is de-licious and de-lovely even if Cole didn't write the songs. The swing tunes are great.Genuinely. A lot of deco swing fun for 90 mins.


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