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The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)

Spud Miller hopes to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition, with the help of the Radio Eye, an invention that can display live events from anywhere in the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Oakie ...
Spud Miller
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Lyda Roberti ...
Countess Ysobel de Naigila
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Sue
Henry Wadsworth ...
Smiley
C. Henry Gordon ...
Gordoni
Benny Baker ...
Herman
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Bing
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Mrs. Sealingsworth
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David Holt ...
Brother
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Little Girl in Hospital
Guy Standing ...
Doctor (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Spud Miller hopes to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition, with the help of the Radio Eye, an invention that can display live events from anywhere in the world.

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A musical meteor of songs, comedy and romance!

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20 September 1935 (USA)  »

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Cazadores de estrellas  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Soundtracks

Cheating Muchachita
English words by Marjorie Harper
Spanish words by Alfredo Le Pera
Music by Alfredo Le Pera and Carlos Gardel
Performed by Carlos Gardel
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It has moments but it's awfully disjoint...
29 July 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am not a huge fan of these sorts of old films. I much prefer classic Hollywood movies with more plot and less of a talent show look about them. This isn't to say it's a bad film, but it is terribly uneven.

Jack Oakie stars in the film as Spud Miller--the owner of a dying radio station. Unless something amazing happens, he's about to lose the place. So, when George and Gracie bring him an amazing invention called Radio Eye, his problems seem to be over. However, a crazy countess kidnaps him and his alter-ego...and she's not about to let them go.

The film is filled with one act after another--often with strange segues or situations that simply make no sense. For example, the first scene in the radio room has one of the Nicholas Brothers tap dancing. Well, call me a stickler for details but HOW will the radio listeners be able to enjoy LISTENING to a tap dancer?! In addition to this act, you briefly (too briefly) get to see Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, a trio of slapstick vaudevillians (too often) and others. It runs the gamut from excellent to pure crap...and makes the film's tempo bounce like a kangaroo jumping on a water bed!


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