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Book Title: Wake Up and Live|
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Release Date: 1937-08-23
Runtime: 91 min
Stars: Walter Winchell,Ben Bernie,Alice Faye
Full movie description "Wake Up and Live":Satire on radio, built around the supposed feud between bandleader Ben Bernie and journalist Walter Winchell.
Reviews of the Wake Up and LiveWake Up And Live (1937) is the best "feel good" musical movie ever made, and one of the top 10 musical movies of any kind ever made.
Somehow, it disappeared, isn't ranked with famous musical movies....but deserves to be.
Everything is right with this movie, and about it. The songs, the acting, the singing, the comedy, the machine gun musical numbers fired at the audience one after the other...all winners. Talent, talent, talent to a breathtaking level which ends in such a rousing way, one has no alternative but to cheer.
"Old movies used to make people feel good"......no movie proves the truth of this oft stated bromide than Wake Up And Live (1937).
Walter Winchell got top billing for the movie...higher billing than the actual main characters played by Jack Hailey and Alice Faye.
Winchell was wonderful beyond words, and is true proof that movie stars are never made, trained, or created....they were already there when some smart movie producer put a camera in front of them and "let them do their thing."
When the movie camera can and does photograph charisma (with or without the help of microphones and sound recording), a movie star is born, and revealed.
Walter Winchell was a natural movie star. He acted in vaudeville before he became a journalist celebrity, and was aware from actual experience as a paid performing artist of the problems and dilemmas actors faced. He didn't have to face those problems in the newspaper business. He moved from acting to writing, but always had the natural movie star actor ability we see shine brilliantly in Wake Up And Live (1937).
Winchell has such charisma and is such a natural before the camera (he plays himself.....I don't think he ever did another movie, or at least not one like this where he was center stage so often, and wonderful every second of the time), there's no way to say how good he was. You gotta see him in Wake Up And Live (1937).
Alice Faye (1915 - 1998), the female lead star of the movie proves color film isn't needed to show of the most incredible and hypnotizing blue eyes ever to appear in cinema at any time. She is so beautiful, and her eyes especially in the movie's abundant close-ups of her wonderful face, the viewer can't help being enchanted.
Wake Up And Live (1937) is wonderful for many reasons....the set decoration is packed with art deco night club scenes better than most big Fred Astaire movies.
Supporting actors and character actors of fame abound in Wake Up And Live (1937). Walter Catlett, Ned Sparks, William Demarest, Patsy Kelly, and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson....and on and on and on.......
The movie (and every main character in it) has style and élan and charm and pizazz to a level seldom, maybe never reached before nor since......it showed the 1930's classy night club scene and brassy characters part of it all at its very best and most compelling.
WAKE UP AND LIVE (1937) is a "Walter Winchell Theme Movie," one of several worth seeing.
Two "Winchell theme movies" were made in 1932 (OKAY America and also BLESSED EVENT) when Walter Winchell was VERY important in the show biz world. He was a "wordsmith" of renown and enormous talent, and a showman extraordinaire.....his career went non-stop from the 20's until his death in the 70's. He was always thought important, and for good reason.
The high quality of the actor cast in OKAY America (1932) shows the investment big shots in Hollywood thought worth making in a movie about Walter Winchell.....Lew Ayres, Maureen O'Sullivan, Louis Callhern, others. Lew Ayres was slower and less charismatic than Walter Winchell or Lee Tracy playing a Winchell type in BLESSED EVENT the same year. Reviewers complain about this, but never forget what an important actor Lew Ayres was in 1932 (he had had just starred in the biggest movie of those times, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT). Anything Lew Ayres did was and is worth seeing. OKAY America (1932) is "OK!" so ignore the critics and see the movie anyway.
This is a quality movie, one of a group all based on the Walter Winchell character and phenomenon.
Over movie history, "Walter Winchell" type "theme movies" (the world of gossip column "tell all" newspaper reporters) were made, most of them well done because the subject (Winchell and his dramatic ways) is inherently dynamic, fast moving, and interesting.
BLESSED EVENT (1932 starring Lee Tracy appeared the same year as OKAY America (1932), and was based on a Broadway play from 1932 which dealt with "the world of Winchell" (without naming him directly).
Winchell himself appeared in WAKE UP AND LIVE (1937 Fox) playing himself "doing his thing" and the movie is wonderful, but also, mysteriously, hard to get, not ranked among the "great" 30's musicals, which it certainly was and is.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)starring Burt Lancaster was an anti-Winchell movie (Lancaster played Winchell as a villain, while the earlier Winchell movies presented the "Winchell type as sympathetic and positive).
However, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) but clearly a re-affirmation that Winchell was always interesting, always news for decades! Gathering various "Winchell theme movies" is worth doing. These movies are all good!
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