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Wake Up and Live (1937)

Passed | | Musical | 23 August 1937 (USA)
Satire on radio, built around the supposed feud between bandleader Ben Bernie and journalist Walter Winchell.


Sidney Lanfield


Harry Tugend (screenplay), Jack Yellen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Winchell ... Walter Winchell
Ben Bernie ... Ben Bernie (as Ben Bernie and His Orchestra)
Alice Faye ... Alice Huntley
Patsy Kelly ... Patsy Kane
Ned Sparks ... Steve Cluskey
Jack Haley ... Eddie Kane
Walter Catlett ... Gus Avery
Grace Bradley ... Jean Roberts
Joan Davis ... Spanish Dancer
Leah Ray ... Cafe Singer
Miles Mander ... James Stratton
Douglas Fowley ... Herman
Etienne Girardot ... Waldo Peebles
Barnett Parker ... Foster
Paul Hurst ... McCabe


Built around the publicity "feud" between newspaper-radio-gossip spreader Walter Winchell and band leader Ben Bernie, a radio star, Alice Huntley (Alice Faye), who does an advice-and-inspiration program, helps a mike-shy singer, Eddie Kane (Jack Haley) to success by tricking him into singing with Bernie's orchestra. Winchell uses it to expose Bernie as the trickster. But Kane becomes a great hit with the radio public, and falls in love with Alice. And Bernie and Winchell shake hands to show there's no business like show business and fabricated feuds. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

23 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Despierta y vive See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Lux Radio Theatre version (aired 2.21.44) starred Marilyn Maxwell in the Alice Faye role. See more »


Referenced in Lost and Foundling (1944) See more »


Bernie's Love Song
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Museum Piece From Fox
3 February 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Good, Old-fashioned musical of the kind no longer made in Hollywood - partly because musicals went out of style and partly because of the antiquated subject matter. In this case, you have to be of a certain age to appreciate the storyline. It concerns a made-up feud between two old-time names, Ben Bernie who was a band leader, and newspaper columnist Walter Winchell. The feud was carried on mainly on radio and in newspapers.

Have I lost you yet? If so, you're probably too young to remember any of the stars or the songs. Alice Faye was as famous as she was pretty, but Jack Haley had yet to achieve immortality as the Tinman in 'The Wizard Of Oz". Patsy Kelly had a long career as an abrasive comedienne in many movies and Joan Davis had yet to hit it big in television. And radio was the main medium in those days - no TV or DVDs or internet or any related device.

Us old-timers can appreciate, but you young folks who are movie archaeologists will find plenty to like here, including several good songs which were popular a long time ago, like "Never In A Million Years" and "There's A Lull In My Life", and the dubbed voice of Buddy Clark, a Golden Age singer. If you can find this picture, watch it - as far as I know it hasn't been released in any format yet.

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