THE LIFE OF RILEY / PEOPLE ARE FUNNY
THE LIFE OF RILEY - William Bendix, James Gleason, Rosemary de Camp, Bill Goodwin, Beulah Bondi
This comedy is based on the enduring radio series and chronicles the attempts of an airplane riveter to find a better paying, less physically taxing job. Chester A. Riley gets his chance when his employer's son falls in love with Riley's daughter. Wanting to make her father happy, the daughter, who does not really love the boss's son, agrees to be his wife if her father can be promoted to an executive. This happens and the reluctant but honorable young woman prepares to become a bride until Riley finds out and sets things right.
PEOPLE ARE FUNNY - Jack Haley, Helen Walker, Rudy Vallee, Ozzie Nelson, Phillip Reed
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.