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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story "Phantom of the Air")
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (HD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Director: Roland D. Reed
Stars: Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Noel Madison
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace."

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Chester Morris, Vivienne Osborne, Frank McHugh
Mystery Train (1931)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car.

Director: Phil Whitman
Stars: Hedda Hopper, Bryant Washburn, Nick Stuart
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Stuart Walker
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Edmund Lowe, Stuart Erwin
24 Hours (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Clive Brook, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: René Clair
Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A story of love, humor and drama against the background of America's "Biggest Little City." An (interrupted) indiscretion by John Wyatt with a floozy prompts his wife, June, to make a trip ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Cannon
Stars: Virginia Valli, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Christy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Vivienne Osborne ...
Elsa Evans
Arnold Gray ...
Grant Murdock
...
Laura Hamilton
Paul Page ...
Dr. Robert Brooks
Pauline Garon ...
Nancy
...
Sandy Higgins (as Big Boy Williams)
Rockliffe Fellowes ...
Joe Maestro
Harland Tucker ...
Program Manager (as Harlan Tucker)
Carl Miller ...
Lefty
...
Beth
George Nash ...
Artist
Althea Henley ...
Model
...
Police Lieutenant (as George Hayes)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

singer | radio | piano | money | fame | See All (42) »

Genres:

Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

False Fronts  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Saturday 8 April 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

There's Nothing That Matters But Love
Music by Norman Spencer and Bernard B. Brown (as Bernard Brown)
Lyrics by George Waggner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Murder and mayhem on Poverty Row
31 January 2016 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

Back in the thirties, every studio had its own distinctive style...there were star-studded epics like "Gone With the Wind" at MGM, breezy comedies like the Hope-Crosby "Road" movies at Paramount and gangster films with the likes of Bogart and Cagney at Warner Bros. Then there were the Poverty Row studios, principally Monogram and PRC, where "quickies" were churned out on five day schedules. So it's no wonder that while Monogram's "The Phantom Broadcast" is entertaining, it's also confusing. The premise is that piano player Norman Wilder, a hunchback, is the behind-the-scenes voice for a murdered radio crooner. There are a few obvious questions like why no one notices that while the crooner is performing, his pianist is simultaneously singing up a storm. Or how a few characters enter someone's apartment then apparently forget that it's not their own home. Someone at the studio may have noticed that lapse but was told Monogram's policy...no retakes. Still, "The Phantom Broadcast" is fun. And you can't say that about quite a few movies from the major studios.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who is singer? banjobud
Discuss The Phantom Broadcast (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?