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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.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Haley's singing was dubbed by Buddy Clark. See more »

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Followed by Love and Hisses (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Bubbling Over
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Grace Bradley and the Brewster Twins
Also performed by Ben Bernie and his Orchestra (as Ben Bernie's Orchestra)
Danced by Nick Condos and Steve Condos
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A wonderful Fox Musical
22 February 2001 | by Stan16mmSee all my reviews

Another classic motion picture that has never been available on video and another shame for eager classic movie fans. This 90 minute musical has everything you could ever hope for from a film. Great songs, dancing, comedy, drama, suspense and Alice Faye! The "feud' between Ben Bernie and Walter Winchell (as real as the "feud" of Jack Benny and Fred Allen) inspired this film which takes place during the great days of live radio.

Bernie and Winchell are the main attractions here but Jack Haley, Alice Faye, Patsy Kelly and Ned Sparks are the real stars of this picture. With the fine backing of Fox, this film was one in the long series of musicals featuring Faye and a stellar supporting cast. It is in this film that she introduces the standard classic song, "There's A Lull In My Life".

Jack Haley is featured as a singer who suffers from mike fright. Actually, Haley's wonderful singing voice is dubbed in this film by Buddy Clark! For trivia fans, Haley refers to this role in his next picture, "Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm", when he lets a young girl who is afraid of microphones know that he was once afraid of them too.

The film is a timepiece of an era long gone. If you ever get the chance to see this great film with all of its wonderful songs, "It's Swell Of You","Wake Up And Live" and, "Never In A Million Years", you won't be mislead.


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