Living It Up ()

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An unsophisticated stationmaster from provincial New Mexico fraudulently claims that he is dying in order to get an expense-paid dream tour of New York.


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Dr. Steve Harris
Homer Flagg
Wally Cook
The Mayor
Oliver Stone
Jitterbug Dancer
Sammy White ...
Sid Tomack ...
Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Emile Egelhofer
Dr. Lee
Isaiah Jackson
Fay Roope ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milicent Patrick ...
Bit (unconfirmed)
John Alderson ...
Yankee Catcher (uncredited)
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Bellboy (uncredited)
Richard Barron ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Don Bender ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Ike, the Train Engineer (uncredited)
Frank Branda ...
Pump Room Chief (uncredited)
Jack Bruce ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ...
Bellboy (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Booth Colman ...
Fernandez (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Newspaper Slugger (uncredited)
Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
Roger Creed ...
Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Bellboy Captain (uncredited)
George Davis ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Louise De Carlo ...
Public Stenographer (uncredited)
French Chef (uncredited)
Don Dunning ...
Slugger (uncredited)
Manicurist (uncredited)
Man at Bus Depot (uncredited)
The Barber (uncredited)
Jac Fisher ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Wonderland Ballroom Diner (uncredited)
Dr. Nassau (uncredited)
Manicurist (uncredited)
Head Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Audrey Hansen ...
Hostess (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
New York City Official at Airport (uncredited)
Newspaper Slugger (uncredited)
Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
Gretchen Houser ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Extra (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Martin (uncredited)
Police Chief (uncredited)
Photographer (uncredited)
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Tank Commander (uncredited)
Rudy Makoul ...
Announcer (uncredited)
Bus Boy (uncredited)
Jewel McGowan ...
Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited)
Chef (uncredited)
Bum in Park (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Michael O'Hara ...
Armed Guard (uncredited)
Ray Page ...
Intern (uncredited)
Max Power ...
Slugger (uncredited)
Assistant Tailor (uncredited)
Lou Southern ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Intern (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Cop (uncredited)
Tommy Summers ...
Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Gift Shop Owner (uncredited)
Fred Sweeney ...
Old Man (uncredited)
Ted Thorpe ...
Tailor (uncredited)
Stephen Wootton ...
Boy (uncredited)
Freda Angela Wyckoff ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ...
Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

Norman Taurog

Written by

Ben Hecht ... (play "Hazel Flagg")
Jack Rose ... (screenplay)
Melville Shavelson ... (screenplay)
James Street ... (story)

Produced by

Paul Jones ... producer
Jerry Lewis ... producer (uncredited)
Dean Martin ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Walter Scharf ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Daniel L. Fapp ... director of photography (as Daniel Fapp)

Film Editing by

Archie Marshek

Art Direction by

Albert Nozaki
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

Sam Comer
Emile Kuri

Costume Design by

Edith Head ... (gowns)

Production Management

Don Robb ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Michael D. Moore ... first assistant director
Arthur Rosson ... second unit director
Clem Jones ... second assistant director (uncredited)
David Silver ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Gene Garvin ... sound recordist
Gene Merritt ... sound recordist
A.H. Barnett ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Herman Lewis ... stage engineer (uncredited)
Keith Stafford ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

W. Wallace Kelley ... photographer: second unit (as Wallace Kelley)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Charles Henderson ... vocal arranger
Walter Scharf ... conductor / music arranger

Other crew

Nick Castle ... choreographer
Rudy Makoul ... dialogue coach
Jack Mintz ... assistant to producer
Richard Mueller ... technicolor color consultant
Claire Behnke ... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Pretty Wally Cooper, a reporter for the New York Chronicle convinces her editor to let her do a series of articles on Homer Flagg, a young man from New Mexico who is believed to be dying as a result of radioactive poisoning. Before she arrives out west, Homer learns from his doctor that the diagnosis was a mistake and he's perfectly healthy. That doesn't stop them from accepting Wally's offer of an all- expenses paid trip to New York. Everyone in New York takes pity on Homer, while Homer and his doctor try to keep up their pretense. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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Taglines THEY'RE LAFFIN' IT UP! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • C'est pas une vie (France)
  • C'est pas une vie, Jerry! (France)
  • Ce n'est pas une vie (France)
  • Viviendo su vida (Spain)
  • O Rapaz Atómico (Portugal)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia Living It Up was based on the 1953 Broadway musical Hazel Flagg , which was based on the 1937 David O. Selznick-United Artists film Nothing Sacred (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). Nothing Sacred , in turn, was suggested by the short story "Letter to the Editor" by James H. Street. Nothing Sacred , which was directed by William Wellman, was written by Ben Hecht, who also wrote the book for Hazel Flagg and receives onscreen credit for Living It Up . Carole Lombard played the dying "Hazel" in the 1937 film and Fredric March portrayed "Wally." Sig Ruman played "Dr. Egelhofer" in both the 1937 and 1954 pictures. Dancer Sheree North (1933-2005), in her first significant screen role, also played the star jitterbugger in Hazel Flagg . Only three songs from the Broadway show are performed in Living It Up -"Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York," "How Do You Speak to an Angel?" and "You're Gonna Dance with Me." A snippet of the show's song "Who Is the Bravest" is also heard in the film. HR news items add the following actors to the cast of Living It Up : Hazel Boyne, Philo McCollough, Tom Tutwiler, Jack Gaines, Jr., Stuart Holmes, Lucille Lamarr, Lou Brown, Bill Roberts, Helen Dickson, Millicent Patrick and Jane Easton. The appearance of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a 26 Apr 1954 LAT item, a special preview of the picture was held at George Air Base near Victorville, CA. As noted in a 16 Jul 1954 HR news item, the film then had a special two-day premiere in Atlantic City. Modern sources claim that, at Jerry Lewis' behest, the film was screened in Jun 1954 at the Brown Hotel, where Lewis had performed as a teenager, at Loch Sheldrake in the Catskill Mountains. The picture was re-released in Sep 1965. (AFI) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket See more »
Quotes Homer Flagg: I wish I could go to New York with yuh.
Isaiah Jackson: Now, Homer, you're gonna be fillin' my shoes, stationmaster of Desert Hole!
Homer Flagg: [dejectedly] Yeah.
Isaiah Jackson: [optimistically] In exactly 52 years you'll be getting your pension. Then you'll be on your way to wine, women, and song.
Homer Flagg: In 52 years who'll be able to sing?
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