Wake Up And Live

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

This slap-happy musical, an excellent satire of radio, centers around columnist Walter Winchell and bandleader Ben Bernie (playing themselves) and their well-known "feud" (a grudge fabricated to boost ratings). The whole country tunes to the "Old Maestro's" show to hear what he has to say about the newsman and to Winchell's program to hear his retorts;...read more

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This slap-happy musical, an excellent satire of radio, centers around columnist Walter Winchell and bandleader Ben Bernie (playing themselves) and their well-known "feud" (a grudge fabricated to boost ratings). The whole country tunes to the "Old Maestro's" show to hear what he has to say

about the newsman and to Winchell's program to hear his retorts; meanwhile, singers Eddie Kane and Jean Roberts (Jack Haley and Grace Bradley) line up an audition with Winchell, but miss their shot at fame when Eddie faints of "mike fright." Afterwards, Eddie gets a job as a tour guide at the

radio station, where he meets "Wake Up and Live" advice program host Alice Huntley (Alice Faye), who suggests that Eddie practice his act in a studio before a dead mike. Eddie does just that, singing along to Bernie's show in what he thinks is privacy, but as luck would have it his microphone is

switched on and his voice (actually, Haley is dubbed by Buddy Clark) broadcast to the nation. The audience loves it, of course, flooding the station with calls to find out who owns those dulcet tones. Bernie tags Eddie "The Phantom Troubadour," and is immediately exposed by Winchell when he tries

to use another singer in Eddie's stead. Soon all of New York City is searching for the mike-shy Phantom, Alice and an unscrupulous talent agent among them. Lots of good tunes and specialties abound. Mack Gordon and Harry Revel contributed all the new songs, which include: "There's a Lull in My

Life" (sung by Faye), "I Love You Too Much Muchacha" (sung by Leah Ray, then hysterically danced by Joan Davis), "Wake Up and Live" (Faye), plus "Never in a Million Years," "It's Swell of You," "Red Seal Malt," "I'm Bubbling Over," "Oh, But I'm Happy," and "De Camptown Races."

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