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Gift of Gab (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 1 September 1934 (USA)
Conceited radio announcer irritates everyone else at the station.

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Ruth Etting
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Ethel Waters
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A small-time street huckster becomes a radio personality, making a name for himself by broadcasting a football despite efforts to keep him out. He loses favor when he fakes a broadcast interview, so desperately tries a new stunt, trying to reach crash survivors in a remote forest during a live transmission. Written by WesternOne

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30 STARS of Screen and Radio ---all rolled in one bunch in this glorious picture! (original print ad) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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1 September 1934 (USA)  »

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El Don de la labia  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Billy Barty (as the infant Gabney), along with Dick Elliott and Florence Enright as his parents, had their scenes cut before release. See more »

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Featured in The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995) See more »

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Tomorrow, Who Cares?
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Music by Murray Mencher
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Performed by Ruth Etting
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Decent, but not filling.
6 October 2002 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

Blowhard Philip Gabney becomes a smash radio announcer, until he is canned from the station for a fake broadcast and tries to resume his on air status by attempting a dangerous stunt. Very weak on plot development, but obviously this was done by Universal to promote various radio, vaudeville, and singing stars of the day. Many of the segments from the movie to be done for a radio listening audience seem more suited to a visual mode. Of note, this is the second movie to team Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, even though they don't appear on screen at the same time and are in for a few seconds. Rating, 3 of 10.


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