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Radio Days (1987)

PG | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

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Burglar
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'Guess That Tune' Host
Martin Rosenblatt ...
Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ...
Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland ...
Child Star
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Tess, the mother
Julie Kurnitz ...
Irene
David Warrilow ...
Roger
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Masked Avenger
Mick Murray ...
Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan ...
Avenger Announcer
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Joe
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Martin, the father
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Abe
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Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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30 January 1987 (USA)  »

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Días de radio  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,522,423 (USA) (1 February 1987)

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$14,792,779 (USA)
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Woody Allen was uncredited for his voice work as the film's narrator. See more »

Goofs

The song sung by Frank Sinatra on screen in the scene at Radio City Music Hall, "If You Are But a Dream," [written by Moe Jaffe (my father), Nat Bonx, and Jack Fulton], was published in 1942, after the supposed date of the event portrayed. Additionally, the particular recording used in the film dates from 1944. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi Baumel: Radio... It's all right once in a while. Otherwise it tends to induce bad values, false dreams, lazy habits. Listening to these stories of foolishness and violence... this is no way for a boy to grow up.
Joe: You speak the truth, my faithful Indian companion.
Rabbi Baumel: To a rabbi you say "my faithful Indian companion"?
[hits him in a head]
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Referenced in Ben Elton: The Man from Auntie: Episode #1.2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

You and I
(1941)
Written by Meredith Willson
Performed by Tommy Dorsey
Courtesy of RCA Records
In the score during a flashback
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Like a Warm Coat on a Chilly Evening
26 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie shouts one word: WARMTH. The colors, the plot, the characters, they are all wonderfully warm.

I've watched this movie with senior citizens who were around in the forties. I once watched it with a Jewish guy who grew up on Long Island (albeit in the early 30's, not the 40's). All comments were the same: THIS was life in New York during wartime.

Vietnam was my war, so this era was a mystery to me. However, any time a genius like Woody Allen can create a film that not only makes me and my rowdy friends laugh, but gets guffaws from my dear old Mom as well, it deserves a little fanfare.

I didn't even mention the solid gold music.

See this film at once!


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