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Are You Listening? (1932)

Are You Listening?





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"Are you listening?" was the catchphrase of early-1930s radio personality Tony Wons. Though Wons does not appear in the 1932 MGM programmer Are You Listening?, the film is concerned with the burgeoning broadcast industry. William Haines plays a wise-cracking radio writer who is tricked into confessing on the air that he murdered his wife. Whenever an actor normally associated with comedy roles plays a murderer (either actual or implied) in a film, it's usually a sign that his studio contract has come to an end. Such was the case of Are You Listening?, which proved to be William Haines' swan song at MGM, where he'd been employed since 1925. Perhaps as a going-away present, J.P. McEvoy's script contrives to give Haines three leading ladies: Madge Evans, Anita Page and Karen Morley (nobody outside the industry knew that Haines was in fact a homosexual, and MGM was determined to keep it that way).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Dwight Taylor
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Madge Evans
as Laura O'Neil
William Haines
as Bill Grimes
Karen Morley
as Alice Grimes
Anita Page
as Sally O'Neil
Jean Hersholt
as George Wagner
John Miljan
as Russell
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. Peters
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I can't believe this movie is so underseen, and not even commercially available. It's a really wonderful drama about a radio man trapped in an awful marriage who falls in love with a coworker. By this point William Haines, former King of Hollywood, had fallen from the public's graces, but watching this movie I can't understand why. Madge Evans is his lovely leading lady, and the make a very pretty and charming couple. It also costars Anita Page and Karen Morley. So basically it's a cast of really underappreciated actors.

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