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People Are Funny (1946)

Approved | | Musical | 11 January 1946 (USA)
Two rivaling radio producers try to get the same sponsor. So they try to overtop each other with new ideas.



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Credited cast:
Ormsby Jamison
Leroy Brinker
John Guedel
Roy Atwell ...
Mr. Pippensigal
Barbara Roche ...
Grandma Wilson
The Vagabonds ...
Master of Ceremonies
Frances Langford
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
NBC Usher
Ann Jenkins ...
Boogie Woogie Piano Player


A comedy based on NBC's "People Are Funny" radio (and later television) program with Art Linkletter with a fictional story of how the program came to be on a national network from its humble beginning at a Nevada radio station. Jack Haley is a producer with only half-rights to the program while Ozzie Nelson and Helen Walker are the radio writers and supply the romance. Rudy Vallee, always able to burlesque himself intentional and, quite often, unintentional, is the owner of the sought-after sponsoring company. Frances Langford, as herself, sings "I'm in the Mood for Love" while the Vagabonds quartet (billed 12th and last) chimes in on "Angeline" and "The Old Square Dance is Back Again." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on a popular radio game show of the same name, in which contestants were asked to perform various stunts. It was hosted by Art Baker and Art Linkletter. It spawned a TV show hosted by Linkletter. See more »


Leroy Brinker: I don't like the tone of what you're not saying!
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Featured in Icons of Comedy: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »


Traditional French Folksong
New Musical Version and English Translation by Rudy Vallee
Performed by Rudy Vallee with Ozzie Nelson, William 'Billy' Benedict, and others
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People Are Mildly Amusing
25 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If you like old time radio as I do than People Are Funny, a fictionalized account of how the program came to be than you'll enjoy the film. Maybe you won't have too critical an eye for flaws.

It's quite an eclectic group of stars that Pine-Thomas put together for this film from the Paramount B picture unit. The threadbare plot has Rudy Vallee the sponsor looking for a new radio show and having both rival agents Phillip Reed and Ozzie Nelson locating it in some cow county in Nevada. There's also Helen Walker who plays on both Ozzie and Phil for all its worth.

The program was created by Jack Haley who's playing the hick of hicks from said cow county. He gets taken on a magic carpet ride by Helen Walker in Hollywood. Much along the same lines that Jean Arthur took Gary Cooper in Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. Haley is far more a rube though.

We also had a vocal group, the Vagabonds doing all kinds of numbers. One was most distastefully done in blackface, probably the reason that the movie People Are Funny is not seen too often except on YouTube where I caught it. The version I caught regretfully cut out Frances Langford's number.

No one also had the presence of mind to have a duet number with Rudy Vallee and Ozzie Nelson, both popular radio crooners of the Thirties. No one thought of posterity in Hollywood, especially not when you were making B films.

The film is a mildly amusing one and is a historical curiosity.

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