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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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Musical

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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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The Scamp of the Campus
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Unfunny Musical Comedy
14 August 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

I like musicals and comedies as much as anybody, but you have to give me something to root for. "Cheer Up And Smile" is a flop on several levels; it's not funny, the songs are forgettable, the screenplay is lousy, and Arthur Lake is completely over-the-top hammy. He singlehandedly ruined the slender thread of the plot by chewing the scenery every time his grating presence was on the screen. Additionally, he can't carry a tune in a suitcase.

Well, I guess that covers all the bases. It was nice to see John Wayne on foot instead of in the saddle, and if you watched closely you could catch a glimpse of Ward Bond as an extra. The only cast member worthy of a pay check was Charles Judels, who lent some professionalism to the absurd storyline as the radio station manager. If it shows up on your TV, switch to a cooking show.


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