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Radio City Revels (1938)

A songwriter uses the songs one of his pupils writes while sleeping for his own contract.


Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)


Eddie Davis (screen play), Matt Brooks (screen play) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Burns ... Lester Robin
Jack Oakie ... Harry Miller
Kenny Baker ... Kenny Baker
Ann Miller ... Billie Shaw
Victor Moore ... Paul Plummer
Milton Berle ... Teddy Jordan
Helen Broderick ... Gertie Shaw
Jane Froman ... Jane Froman
Buster West ... Squenchy
Melissa Mason Melissa Mason ... Lisa
Richard Lane ... Crane
Marilyn Vernon Marilyn Vernon ... Delia Robin
Charles Coleman ... The Butler (as Charles C. Coleman)
Don Wilson ... Don Wilson - Radio Station Announcer
Hal Kemp ... Hal Kemp - Orchestra Leader


Washed-up songwriter Harry Miller and his neighbor, dancer Billie Shaw, are insolvent despite efforts to find work in radio. But Harry is visited by his "student," hillbilly Lester Robin, who can only write songs in his dreams. And lo! Lester's first nap yields a song hit for which Harry takes credit. But to fulfill his new contract, he needs to keep Lester sleeping, amidst romantic complications. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andam Canções no Ar See more »


Box Office


$810,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In March 1938, this film was being shown on a double bill with The Jury's Secret (1938) at Loew's Richmond Theatre in North Adams, Massachusetts. See more »


Billie Shaw: Oh, I'm sorry, but when anyone sings or plays, well, my feet won't stay still.
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Edited into Footlight Varieties (1951) See more »


Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics Herb Magidson
Sung by Kenny Baker (uncredited) with Hal Kemp and His Orchestra (uncredited)
Danced by Ann Miller (uncredited)
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And the dancing!
21 May 2014 | by HarveyASee all my reviews

Very silly but very entertaining movie. Great cast. And the dancing...one number, I think, compares very favorably with the big dance number in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The individual dancers are superb. One female dancer (I don't think it was Ann Miller) does steps I've never seen before and should attract the admiration of skilled orthopedists. Milton Berle and Jack Okie make an interesting pair of con men, and if you remember Uncle Miltie from his television days, you'll see that he was practicing his "schtick" long before TV. It's also interesting to see Jane Froman--beautiful face and beautiful voice--before the accident that crippled her (and led to "With a Song In My Heart" with Susan Hayward.)

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