Wake Up and Live

  • 20th Century-Fox, 1937, B/W, 91 minutes
  • Released August, 1937

A comedy based on the well-known, real-life feud between columnist Walter Winchell and bandleader Ben Bernie (both playing themselves). Singers Eddie Kane (Jack Haley) and Jean Roberts (Grace Bradley) manage to get an audition with Winchell, but things definitely go amiss when Kane faints from stage fright. Later, Eddie lands a job as tour guide at the radio station, where he meets “Wake Up and Live” advice program host Alice Huntley (Alice Faye). Learning of Eddie’s botched audition, Alice suggests that he practice his act in an empty studio with a “dead” microphone. So, he does that, but unbeknownst to him the microphone is actually on, and his voice is broadcast live to the entire nation. Everyone loves the voice, now dubbed “The Phantom Troubadour,” and the hunt is on to find out just who this guy is! Loads of laughs and plenty of music.

Details

  • Producer: Kenneth MacGowan
  • Director: Sidney Lanfield
  • Screenplay: Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen (based on an original story by Curtis Kenyon and the book by Dorothea Brande)
  • Music Director: Louis Silvers
  • Song Score: Harry Revel and Mack Gordon
  • Choreography: Jack Haskell
  • Production Design: William S. Darling
  • Art Direction: Mark-Lee Kirk
  • Set Decoration: Thomas Little
  • Costume Design: Gwen Wakeling
  • Cinematography: Edward Cronjager
  • Film Editing: Robert L. Simpson

Cast

  • Walter Winchell [Himself]
  • Ben Bernie [Himself]
  • 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]
  • Warren Hymer [First Gunman]
  • The Condos Brothers [Specialty Dancers]
  • Brewster Twins [Themselves]
  • William Demarest [Attendant]
  • John Sheehan [Attendant]
  • George Givot [Manager]
  • Edward Gargan [Murphy]
  • Robert Lowery [Chauffeur]
  • Charles Williams [Alberts]
  • George Chandler [Janitor]
  • Gary Breckner [Announcer]
  • Rosemary Glosz [Singer]
  • Elyse Knox [Nurse]
  • Ellen Prescott [Girl]
  • Harry Tyler [Buick Driver]
  • George Andre Beranger [Accompanist]
  • Ben Bernie and His Orchestra [Themselves]
  • Buddy Clark [singing voice of Jack Haley]

Musical Program

  • Wake Up and Live (Alice Faye)
  • Never in a Million Years (Buddy Clark dubbing for Jack Haley)
  • There’s a Lull in My Life (Alice Faye with Ben Bernie and His Orchestra)
  • It’s Swell of You (sung by Jack Haley
  • danced by The Condos Brothers)
  • Oh, But I’m Happy (Alice Faye)
  • I Love You Too Much, Muchacha (sung by Leah Ray, danced by Joan Davis)
  • I’m Bubbling Over (sung by Grace Bradley and the Brewster Twins
  • danced by The Condos Brothers)