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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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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 ...
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Carl Miller ...
Lefty
Mary MacLaren ...
Beth
George Nash ...
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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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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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Hard to Watch
13 February 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a hard to watch film because the subject manner is one which for todays audiences would be taboo. A popular radio singer, tall handsome, and a huge flirt has his own radio show, women adore him and he has tie ins with criminals. The only thing is the singer is not actually singing, his piano player is the actual singer, played by Ralph Forbes. Forbes is also a vocal teacher and has been told that he will never be a star because he has a deformity. His deformity causes several people in the film to call him derogatory terms. The film is not really a mystery either, as it is never a mystery as to what happens, which is best explained by watching the film. Gail Patrick, on loan from Paramount Studios plays the romantic lead in the film.

The film is in the public domain and can be found on VHS and DVD.


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