A little girl asks her guardians to take her by boat to a nearby swamp believing her older brother, a sailor who recently went M.I.A. in WWII, is somehow there. She finds a grumpy old Crusoe-like hermit, instead, but there's still hope.
Henry Pecket keeps a land-bound, home-made sloop in the backyard of his boarding house ran by widow Sara March, who is tolerant of the fancied trips around the world taken by her "ancient mariner" boarder. Little Nella Cairn, another boarder, is his constant companion on the sloop's "trips." When her brother, Jeff Cairn , enlists in the Navy, Nella is sent to board with a cousin, but is unhappy and returns to the boarding house. Pecket sends for Jenny, a waitress for Mr. Agrippa at his lunchroom and sweetheart of Jeff. Pecket and Jenny together decide to take care of Nella, when she receives a telegram from the War Department advising that Jeff is missing in action. To console the young girl, Pecket tells her they'll sail out to a wonderful island he knows about where he is sure Jeff can be found. The widow March, incensed about gossip she hears that Pecket is entertaining women guests on his boat, sells it to Mr. Agrippa, who wants to make a hamburger stand out of it. He has a man ...Written by
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In case anyone is asking Wake Up And Dream is not a musical version of the Thirties Cole Porter review, nor is it a remake of the Universal film from the Thirties of the same title. This film is a whole other creature altogether and mainly known for introducing the song Give Me The Simple Life.
In fact the film starts out with John Payne singing Give Me The Simple Life to his little sister Connie Marshall. Payne's decided to enlist in the Navy and he does and then strangely disappears for most of the film until the end.
That's because he's reported missing in action and little Connie decides to use the good services of Clem Bevans who's built a sailing craft in his landlocked town and wants to offer to the U.S. Navy in time of war. And also to get away occasionally from his wife Charlotte Greenwood. Bevans and Marshall together with June Haver a server at the local diner all start out humoring the child's fantasy about finding her missing brother. Along the way they pick up a discharged seaman in John Ireland who joins their merry crew.
Wake Up And Dream is a strange film that quite frankly I didn't get most of the time. This one was strictly for the kid trade back in 1946.
Still it did introduce a very popular song, sung first by Payne and then by June Haver on the screen. But Darryl F. Zanuck frowned on his stars making records and the hit record in 1946 was done by Bing Crosby. The song perfectly fits his style. Back in the day Bing must have insisted to Jack Kapp at Decca records that he record Give Me The Simple Life which was written by Harry Ruby and Rube Bloom.
If you like the song and the stars than you should see Wake Up And Dream, otherwise you can sleep through it and not miss all that much.
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