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Toyland Broadcast (1934)

Station ABC broadcasts the Toyland Revue, featuring music from baby-doll singers, a roly-poly bandleader, a jack-in-the-box crooner, a wind-up music box and more.

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Cast

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The Doll Sisters / Dog Trio (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Carr ...
Toy Soldier Emcee (voice) (uncredited)
The Four Blackbirds ...
Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
Donald Novis ...
Singing Dog (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ...
Kate Smith Doll / Mammy Doll (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The toys present a musical revue on their own radio station. First, three dolls sing, then a jack-in-the-box doing a Bing Crosby impression joins in. Then an instrumental piece, with a bead man dancing on a xylophone, a couple of dolls playing matched toy pianos, and various characters dancing on the keyboards. A violinist plays his tune actually, the violin dances around, doing most of the work. A calico dog sings, "I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree." Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

22 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Toy Broadcast  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Color:

(2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The jack-in-the-box is a caricature of Bing Crosby. The doll filled with air is Kate Smith. The roly-poly toy is Paul Whiteman. The floppy-eared stuffed toy dog is Rudy Vallee. The toy violinist is David Rubinoff. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Toy Soldier: This is station ABC broadcasting the Toyland Revue.
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Connections

References It's Got Me Again! (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Fever
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
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Ever wondered why many early color films looked so blue/green and orange?
28 January 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the early days of color, a variety of color processes approximated color...but they really were NOT full color. A good example is the Two Color Technicolor system which employed a black & white strip of film overlapped with both a blue-green and orange strip. This did not result in the full spectrum of colors and everything tended to look oddly orangy greeny! So why do many of the early Disney cartoons look beautiful while the competition looked odd? Well, this is because the new Technicolor used three color strips and FINALLY looked like real color...and Disney bought a monopoly on it that lasted until mid- 1935. So, the makers of "Toyland Broadcast" could have either made the cartoon in black & white (like most of the time) or use the inferior two color systems (such as Cinecolor). The results look very strange today, that's for sure.

So what do I think of this film? Well, given that it's a Harmon/Ising Production, it's safe to say I disliked it because their cartoons for MGM and Warner Brothers tended to be very saccharine--with cute characters and often with annoying morals to the story instead of making them fun. And, this film is not particularly fun...though if you were familiar with the humans being parodied in this one (such as Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby and Kate Smith) then you'd get more out of it. Be forewarned however, there's nothing funny to be found in this one AND there are many black characters who are walking stereotypes...the types that give folks today heart attacks!! Have you heard the expression 'an oldie but goody'? Well, it does NOT apply to "Toyland Broadcast"!!


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