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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
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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 working title, as of October 1953, was "Great to be Alive". See more »

Quotes

Oliver Stone: What if this kid doesn't die in three weeks? What if he just keeps on living?
Wally Cook: Why, I wouldn't let him do a thing like that to you, Oliver!
[Oliver does a reactive take]
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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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Watch for Rodney Dangerfield
9 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times over the last 40 years and I noticed that during the scene where they're bringing all the food "Homer" ordered to the suite, the first waiter to enter the room is Rodney Dangerfield. Unfortunately, he is not listed in the credits and I have submitted this to the IMDb database managers. I'd like someone else to look closely at that scene to make sure I'm not crazy. I know that to add the credit they need some concrete evidence, like a cast list or contract or anecdotal evidence from Rodney himself, who is no longer with us, but I'm pretty sure it's him.

As for the film, overall, it's a typical silly Martin/Lewis film. Full of Jerry's mugging and Dean's singing and charm. Some good gags, especially the light bulb bombing of Fred Clark.

I give it a 7 of 10.


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