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Radio City Revels (1938)

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

Director:

(as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

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

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Harry Miller
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Kenny Baker
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Billie Shaw
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Paul Plummer
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Teddy Jordan
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Gertie Shaw
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Buster West ...
Squenchy
Melissa Mason ...
Lisa
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Crane
Marilyn Vernon ...
Delia Robin
Charles Coleman ...
The Butler (as Charles C. Coleman)
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Don Wilson - Radio Station Announcer
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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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HERE COMES THE BIG SHOW! NOW FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! (original ad-all caps) See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In March 1938, this film was being shown on a double bill with The Jury's Secret (1938) at Loew's Richmond Theatre in North Adams, Massachusetts. 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

Edited into Footlight Varieties (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

LOVE, HONOR AND OH BABY
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics Herb Magidson
Sung briefly by Bob Burns
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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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