WAKE UP AND LIVE
1937, 20th Century Fox, 91 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Playing themselves, legendary gossip columnist Walter Winchell and bandleader Ben Bernie are embroiled in a feud (a long-running gag from their respective radio shows) in this energetic musical based on Dorothea Brande’s self-help bestseller. Alice Faye costars as a singer who helps another performer (THE WIZARD OF OZ’s Jack Haley) get over his fear of microphones.


YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
1941, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Rita Hayworth became a star playing a dancer wooed by choreographer Fred Astaire after he’s been drafted into the Army. Costar Robert Benchley provides laughs and composer Cole Porter provides the songs in this delightful wartime musical.


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