Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942.Written by
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For Diane Keaton's song cameo, Woody Allen made sure her song was a potent tune since Keaton was only going to be in the one small sequence. Allen chose Cole Porter's standard "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" for Keaton. See more »
The song sung by Frank Sinatra on screen in the scene at Radio City Music Hall, "If You Are But a Dream," written by Moe Jaffe, Nat Bonx, and Jack Fulton, was published in 1942, after the supposed date of the event portrayed. Additionally, the particular recording used in the film dates from 1944. See more »
Ceil adored a very prominent ventriloquist, and this always used to drive Abe crazy:
He's a ventriloquist on the radio - how do you know he's not moving his lips?
Who cares? Leave me alone!
[bursts with laughter]
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This movie shouts one word: WARMTH. The colors, the plot, the characters, they are all wonderfully warm.
I've watched this movie with senior citizens who were around in the forties. I once watched it with a Jewish guy who grew up on Long Island (albeit in the early 30's, not the 40's). All comments were the same: THIS was life in New York during wartime.
Vietnam was my war, so this era was a mystery to me. However, any time a genius like Woody Allen can create a film that not only makes me and my rowdy friends laugh, but gets guffaws from my dear old Mom as well, it deserves a little fanfare.
I didn't even mention the solid gold music.
See this film at once!
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