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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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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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My Good-bye to You
Music by Norman Spencer and Bernard B. Brown (as Bernard Brown)
Lyrics by George Waggner
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Dated, Not Bad, Certainly Not Great

Alpha Video which continues to serve serious movie lovers, especially those who want to explore the past through films that will never make it to TV, has an interesting item in 1933's "The Phantom Broadcast." The plot is simple: a much beleaguered by adoring female fans crooner is a first class fraud. Actually "his" voice is that of his crippled accompanist and manager, referred to as "the hunchback."

Singer and manager both pursue the beautiful, innocent girl. The singer is also beset with the affections of a discarded mistress who won't take "no" or "get lost" for a permanent disposition of a tired relationship. Exit singer through a bullet wound.

The sweet, decent gal is a suspect but the old hunchback tries to attract the law's heat to protect her. Such nobility.

Nothing novel about the plot but the acting is, largely, not bad.

For $4.99, which is what I paid, this was 73 minutes of entertainment. Now who do I palm the DVD off to?


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