People Are Funny (January 11, 1946)
Released on January 11, 1946: (running time 1 hour and 27 minutes) A fictionalized story of how the famous "People Are Funny" radio and television show was created.
Produced by Sam White, William H. Pine, and William C. Thomas
Directed by Sam White
Written by David Lang, Maxwell Shane, Dorcas Cochran and John Guedel
The Actors: Jack Haley (Pinky Wilson), Helen Walker (Corey Sullivan), Rudy Vallee (Ormsby Jamison), Ozzie Nelson (Leroy Brinker), Phillip Reed (John Guedel), Bob Graham (Luke), Roy Atwell (Mr. Pippensigal), Barbara Roche (Aimee), Clara Blandick (Grandma Wilson), Art Linkletter (himeself, Art Linkletter), Frances Langford (herself, guest), William 'Billy' Benedict (NBC usher singing Alouette), Ann Jenkins (Ann Jenkins, boogie woogie piano player), Billy Bletcher (singer, Alouette), Wheaton Chambers (Reverend Allen), Joe DeRita (Mr. Hinkley), Casey Johnson (Jerry), Lillian Molieri (Yo Jose singer), Byron Foulger (Mr. Button, Rudy Vallee's assistant)
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Making People Are Funny, Making America Laugh
In 1930 Ozzie Nelson was a dance band leader in New York City, but he was far from the most famous. That distinction in 1930 would belong to the Paul Whiteman Orchestra that was recording many hit records. But when a big New York City newspaper ran a contest for its readers to fill in an entry and vote for their favorite band, Ozzie and his band members collected hundreds of discarded newspapers and ‘stuffed’ the ballot box with entries for his little-known band.
He won the contest, and soon became famous as all of New York wanted to hear this band that no one knew about. In this adventure Ozzie Nelson plays the part of a saxophone band leader competing with John Guedel to produce a new radio program. The movie tells a comic fictionalized tale of how the popular radio show “People Are Funny” was created.
John Guedel, played by Phillip Reed, was a famous radio and television show producer, who brought us some of the best comedy of the twentieth century. In addition to creating and producing “People are Funny,” he produced “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” and the Groucho Marx game show “You Bet Your Life.” In 1956 he was producing 25 radio and television shows in the same season.
Johnny Carson first appeared on television in a summer game show produced by John Guedel. John Guedel produced the first singing commercial, heard on the Jack Benny radio show touting the new dessert sensation, J-E-L-L-O. In John Guedel’s production company, everyone from him to the newest secretary had the official title of Vice President. He maintained a bank checking account in the name of “Santa Clause,” secretly sending generous checks to show business people that were down on their luck. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Ann Jenkins playing boogie woogie
Helen Walker, Jack Haley
Helen Walker, Ozzie Nelson, Clara Blandick
Helen Walker, Ozzie Nelson
Helen Walker, Phillip Reed
Joe DeRita, Art Linkletter
Phillip Reed, Helen Walker
Phillip Reed, Jack Haley
Phillip Reed, Helen Walker
Rudy Vallee, Byron Foulger