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Radio City Revels (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  11 February 1938 (USA)
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A songwriter uses the songs one of his pupils writes while sleeping for his own contract.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Burns ...
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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More stars of screen and radio than you've ever seen in one mad melodious burst of exciting entertainment! - plus gay romance and rippling rhythm to keep you happy as you laugh till it hurts! (ORIGINAL POSTER) See more »


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Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andam Canções no Ar  »

Box Office

Budget:

$810,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$510,000 (USA)
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(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

YOU'RE THE APPLE OF MY EYE (YOU LITTLE PEACH)
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics Herb Magidson
Sung by Victor Moore and Jack Oakie
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Pleasantly silly
21 October 2004 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Pleasantly lightweight and silly comedy about a dimwitted musical genius from Arkansas who can compose brilliant songs - but only while asleep, never remembering them upon waking. He moves to the big smoke and is exploited by a ruthless duo of producers. This involves some pretty funny scenes of them trying to get him to fall asleep (once asleep he starts singing, and they feverishly write down the music and lyrics, and publish them themselves) - though perhaps this gag is overdone a bit in the scene where the bedroom gets filled with pigs and ducks and sheep.

Watch out for Ann Miller in an early scene, doing some dance steps which ought to be physically impossible.

No classic, but well worth a watch.


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