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TODAY'S SPECIAL

People Are Funny (1946)
Starring Jack Haley and Helen Walker

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Art Linkletter had only recently taken over the popular audience-participation radio series People are Funny from Art Baker when he appeared as "himself" in this lighthearted musical comedy. The film's plot concerns a rivalry between two radio producers, both of whom want to produce a weekly radio series in which audience members indulge in silly stunts for huge cash prizes. A romance develops between supposedly slow-on-the-uptake radio producer Pinky Wilson (Jack Haley) and writer Corey Sullivan (Helen Walker), while wealthy sponsor Ormsby Jamison (Rudy Vallee) tries to determine if People are Funny is a saleable concept. Ozzie Nelson costars as Wilson's business rival, Frances Langford shows up for a song, and future 3 Stooges member Joe DeRita has a funny bit as a contestant.
Director: Sam White

Writers: Maxwell Shane (screenplay), David Lang (screenplay), Dorcas Cochran, John Guedel

Stars: Jack Haley, Helen Walker, Rudy Vallee, Ozzie Nelson, Phillip Reed, Bob Graham, The Vagabonds, Art Linkletter, Frances Langford
Songs include:

I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Frances Langford with chorus

Every Hour on the Hour
by Duke Ellington and Don George
Sung by Bob Graham

Hey Jose
by Pepe Guízar and Tito Guízar
English lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed in English by Jack Haley with chorus
Sung in Spanish by Lillian Molieri

Angelina
by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Sung by The Vagabonds

The Old Square Dance is Back Again
by Don Reid and Harry Tobias
Performed by The Vagabonds

Alouetta
Traditional French Folksong
New Musical Version and English Translation by Rudy Vallee
Performed by Rudy Vallee with Ozzie Nelson, William 'Billy' Benedict, and others

Chuck a Luckin'
by Archie Gottler and Jay Milton and Walter G. Samuels (as Walter Samuels)
Performed by The Vagabonds

Celito Lindo
by Quirino Mendoza
Performed by Rosarita Varela

Based on a popular radio game show of the same name, in which contestants were asked to perform various stunts. It was hosted by Art Baker and Art Linkletter. It spawned a TV show, "People Are Funny" (1954), hosted by Linkletter.
Radio producer John Guedel is panicked and dumbfounded when his popular radio show Humbug is immediately taken off the air for making fun of the legal profession. Given a deadline to produce a replacement, Gudel contacts his writer girlfriend Corey Sullivan to help him but Corey has another client, Leroy Brinker seeking a radio show for himself. The two come across a radio show put on in a small town called People Are Funny that mixes bizarre challenges to contestants with musical entertainment. Corey gets the show's producer Pinky Wilson to bring his show to Mr Guedel.
It's one of those movies with variety acts, linked by a silly plot.The Vagabonds perform several swing numbers, and the laughs are offered by the games played by various "audience" members, under the supervision of Mr. Haley, and later, by At Linkletter, the master of ceremonies on radio and later television.  It's a peculiar series of gags for a radio show, but very funny ones for a movie. It's produced by Bill Pine and Bill Thomas, Paramount;'s "Dollar Bills", who produced cheap programmers for the company that reportedly never lost money. Besides the talent already mentioned, such performers as Clara Blandick, Frances Langford and comics like Billy Bletcher and Joe DeRita make appearances.
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