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Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 21 August 1937 (USA)
A small town electrician becomes a hit singer in New York and gets involved with a gold digger, a thief, an opera singer and the woman he loves.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

William Wister Haines (screenplay), Elaine Ryan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenny Baker ... Claude L. Dodd
Frank McHugh ... 'Sniffer' Sears
Alice Brady ... Mme. Sonia Moro
Gertrude Michael ... Jessica Stafford
Jane Wyman ... Marjorie Day
John Eldredge ... Jim Lidin
Henry O'Neill ... D.M. Gateway
Harry Davenport ... Doc Jeremiah George Quinn
Ferris Taylor ... Hiram P. Doremus
Linda Perry ... Information Desk Girl
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Storyline

In the small town of Pewamo, Claude Dodd, an electrician singing baritone in the local Strawberry Festival is heard by the owner of the Morpheus Mattress Company, who hires him to sing on the radio program he sponsors. Before he leaves for New York with his manager, "Sniffer" Sears, he has a minor operation to cure an attack of quinsy, and is told by the doctor not to use his voice. In front of the radio microphone the following week, he finds he's a tenor when he sings, much to the chagrin of the mattress company owner, who hates tenors. But that soon changes when telegrams pour in praising his voice, so that the station owner, Gateway, offers him a contract for 52 weeks, at a salary of $1000 per week, which was upped from the initial offer by Gateway's secretary, Marjorie Day, signalling Sears. Marjorie took a liking to Claude and vice versa, so while Claude becomes wealthy and famous, he and Marjorie fall in love. Because of his fame, he meets ditsy but egotistical opera singer, ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den mystiske radiosanger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Claude Dodd is seen quickly putting on his jacket over shirt sleeves rolled up above his elbows, before taking the stage to sing his first song, but after a brief cut to audience members, his shirt cuffs are showing properly at his wrists under the jacket. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits emanate from the top of the radio transmitter tower. See more »

Soundtracks

When My Dream Boat Comes Home
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played on the radio that Claude fixes
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Kenny Baker's first starring role has him singing five songs in an inane plot.
20 October 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Popular radio tenor Kenny Baker plays a naive country bumpkin who gets a chance to sing on radio and becomes a big hit, while falling for the station's secretary, Jane Wyman. I enjoyed Baker's singing of the five songs in the movie (one as a baritone that was undoubtedly dubbed), but the plot is so thin the writers introduce a subplot, which has him the inventor of a gadget that makes a $19 radio sound like a $500 one. Naturally, there's a villain (John Eldredge) who wants to steal it, and a gold digger(Gertrude Michael), who loves Baker's $1000 per week salary, helping the villain. Baker's manager, Frank McHugh, is there for comedy, while Alice Brady shows up as a famous but ditsy egotistical opera singer, a role some people may enjoy but I found totally superfluous. Michael pits herself against Wyman, who patented the gadget in her name to protect Baker, and he is so disillusioned about it all, he fakes losing his voice to return to his home town of Pewamo to work as an electrician, leaving his device and everyone back in New York. But they haven't forgotten about him.


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