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Living It Up (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 July 1954 (USA)
An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York.

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Dr. Emile Egelhofer
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Dr. Lee
Raymond Greenleaf ...
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Isaiah Jackson
Fay Roope ...
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Storyline

Pretty Wally Cooper, a reporter for the New York Chronicle convinces her editor to let her do a series of articles on Homer Flagg, a young man from New Mexico who is believed to be dying as a result of radioactive poisoning. Before she arrives out west, Homer learns from his doctor that the diagnosis was a mistake and he's perfectly healthy. That doesn't stop them from accepting Wally's offer of an all- expenses paid trip to New York. Everyone in New York takes pity on Homer, while Homer and his doctor try to keep up their pretense. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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THEY'RE LAFFIN' IT UP! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Musical

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23 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der sympathische Hochstapler  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Desert Hole, N. M. town set was erected along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles from Barstow, California, near Highway 466. The railroad brought a "Chief" passenger train consist from Chicago for the shoot. The location filming took place between 18 and 23 October 1953, according to an article in the San Bernardino,Sun on 23 October. See more »

Quotes

Homer Flagg: [running excitedly around his expensive hotel suite] Another bathroom! So shiny, so clean you gotta wash up before you go in there!
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Connections

Remake of Nothing Sacred (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

How Do You Speak to an Angel?
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Hilliard
Sung by Dean Martin
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Where's "Salomee" ???
19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always been fond of the score of "Hazel Flagg", and I've always liked this film version of it. But what has always puzzled me is that after Sheree North made a big hit on Broadway dancing in the show, they got her for the movie version, and cut her big dance number, the delightful comedy song "Salomee". She could have re-created her dance ! True, she did one of the show's original songs with Jerry, but they should have kept "Salomee." And Janet Leigh did other musicals, so I'm sure she could have handled Benay Venuta's numbers from the show. Hollywood !!! The story about the media, and fame, and paparazzi is even more timely today, so they should definitely do a re-make as "Hazel Flagg" with the original score.


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