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Cheer Up and Smile (1930)

When a popular radio singer is knocked unconscious during a robbery, a squeaky-voiced college boy fills in for him. To everyone's amazement, especially his recent girlfriend, who just broke up with him, he becomes an overnight sensation.

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Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Richard Connell (story "If I Was Alone with You"), Howard J. Green (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Lake ... Eddie Fripp aka Eric Dane
Dixie Lee ... Margie
Olga Baclanova ... Yvonne
'Whispering' Jack Smith 'Whispering' Jack Smith ... Whispering Jack Smith
Johnny Arthur ... Andy
Charles Judels ... Pierre
John Darrow ... Tom
Sumner Getchell ... Paul
Franklin Pangborn ... Professor
Buddy Messinger Buddy Messinger ... Donald
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When a popular radio singer is knocked unconscious during a robbery, a squeaky-voiced college boy fills in for him. To everyone's amazement, especially his recent girlfriend, who just broke up with him, he becomes an overnight sensation.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alone with You See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Where Can You Be?
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Charming B-Cast
18 August 2017 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

Cheer Up and Smile begins with Arthur Lake being harassed by his potential fraternity brothers, among them a young John Wayne. Eddie (Lake) has to kiss the next woman who talks to him, so he speeds by all the girls he sees so he can kiss his girl Margie (Dixie Lee) at the music shop. Of course his plans go awry, but that's okay. She's all for him. Eddie wants to be a musician and gets a chance to play on the radio with Whispering Jack Smith, but the club owner's wife (Olga Baclanova) has eyes for him and causes more trouble between him and Margie.

This is a harmless light film with a charming cast, with Lake in a role that emphasizes his abilities. The college setting makes it especially appealing because it shows off how much times have changed, and how much they've stayed the same.

This film was screened at Capitolfest in 2017.


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