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The Phantom Broadcast (1933)

 -  Mystery  -  15 March 1933 (USA)
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A handsome radio singer has it all--fame, money, adoring fans--but what no one knows is that his accompanist, a hunchbacked piano player, is actually the voice behind the arrogant, abusive ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Ralph Forbes ...
Norman Wilder
Vivienne Osborne ...
Elsa Evans
Arnold Gray ...
Grant Murdock
Gail Patrick ...
Laura Hamilton
Paul Page ...
Dr. Robert Brooks
Pauline Garon ...
Nancy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Sandy Higgins (as Big Boy Williams)
Rockliffe Fellowes ...
Joe Maestro
Harland Tucker ...
Program Manager (as Harlan Tucker)
Carl Miller ...
Lefty
Mary MacLaren ...
Beth
George Nash ...
Artist
Althea Henley ...
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Police Lieutenant (as George Hayes)
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A handsome radio singer has it all--fame, money, adoring fans--but what no one knows is that his accompanist, a hunchbacked piano player, is actually the voice behind the arrogant, abusive "singer"'s fame. The two men fall for the same girl, and when the singer turns up dead, suspicion falls upon his assistant and the girl. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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False Fronts  »

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(Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

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Right after Murdock and Wilder have an argument, Murdock leaves the apartment in a huff. Immediately after, cab driver Sandy enters by a different door and states that he just passed Murdock in the hall and that he was in a hurry. However, it appears they would both have been going in different directions. See more »

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Tell Me Once More
Music by Norman Spencer and Bernard B. Brown (as Bernard Brown)
Lyrics by George Waggner
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Cyrano of the radio
26 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ralph Forbes may have given his best screen performance in The Phantom Broadcast. Unfortunately it was for poverty row studio Monogram and I venture to say a lot of people even back in 1933 probably never got to appreciate it. If they did see The Phantom Broadcast they could not have missed the resemblance to Cyrano De Bergerac.

Forbes plays a brilliant pianist, singer, and teacher who unfortunately is a hunchback. In the quiet of the sound proof broadcast station he's hit upon a scheme where handsome Arnold Grey appears at the microphone and mouths the words to Forbes's voice.

But Grey as the Christian of the piece is not as noble a character as Christian. He's a womanizing playboy and his fooling around with gangster's moll Vivienne Osborne has not gone unnoticed by some bad people.

Eager young hopeful Gail Patrick enters the picture and she interests both Forbes and Grey in different ways, maybe the same way, but Cyrano Forbes won't say and he's also determined that Grey will not trod here.

The Phantom Broadcast is an interesting idea that should have been tried by one of the big studios. It's highly melodramatic and probably too old fashioned for today's tastes. Still Ralph Forbes is brilliant.


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