A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Animation | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Del Ruth, W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body... See full summary »

Director: Charles David
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Edward Everett Horton
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ginger Rogers, "Allure" magazines editor-in-chief, suffers from headaches and continuos daydreams and undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter
It's a Gift (1934)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol
Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Astronauts returning from a voyage to Mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants.

Director: Edward Bernds
Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Jack Oakie, George Burns, Gracie Allen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Expecting to put on a musical show, singing and dancing college students are brought to a struggling hotel to be guinea pigs in an ancient Greek-themed eugenics experiment.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A detective who has "four hours to kill" before delivering his prisoner, an escaped killer, spends the time in the lobby of a Broadway theater where a musical is playing. The film focuses ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Joe Morrison, Gertrude Michael
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A radio-singer, Bing Hornsby, is none-too-concerned about his job, and an affair with Mona leads to his dismissal. When it appears Hornsby is getting and paying a lot of attention to his ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Bing Crosby, Stuart Erwin, Leila Hyams
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gracie Allen assumes the "management" of the shop owned by her papa Horatio Allen, turning it into a radio station and then an aviary---with the usual Gracie Allen logic---while distracted ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Gracie Allen, George Burns, George Barbier
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mr. Platt
...
Mrs. Platt
Bob Burns ...
Bob Black
...
Patsy
Shirley Ross ...
Gwen Holmes
...
Bob Miller
Frank Forest ...
Frank Rossman
Benny Fields ...
Benny Fields
Sam Hearn ...
Stan Kavanaugh ...
Kavvy
...
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ...
Benny Goodman's Orchestra (as Benny Goodman Orchestra)
...
Flower Girl
David Holt ...
Train Bearer
Edit

Storyline

A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of continued operation. An interesting mixture of the stars whose fame continued to grow, those who became bit players in show business history, and those who have been forgotten entirely, except at the Internet Movie Database of course! Written by Alfred Jingle

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

number in title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den store radioudsendelse 1937  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shortly after arriving in the US from Germany, Oskar Fischinger was contracted by Paramount Pictures to create an animated sequence (in Technicolor or Gasparcolor; sources differ) for this movie. The movie was scored to a jazz piece, "Radio Dynamics", by studio musician Ralph Rainger. Unfortunately, Paramount switched the production to black-and-white, and Fischinger's animation became a sequence within the film, showing consumer products emanating from a radio broadcasting tower, rather than pure abstract imagery. Fischinger later released his color version as Allegretto (1936). See more »

Quotes

Jack Carson: I'm just a pilgrim on the path of least resistance.
See more »

Connections

Features Allegretto (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Here's Love in Your Eye
Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly Good
25 January 2011 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

I found this to be the most entertaining of all the "Big Broadcast" movies. This isn't saying much, since these films were mainly just mash-ups of all the big names in radio that year, doing sketches independently of one another and strung together into a movie.

This one, however, has a very strong and entertaining plot. Jack Benny plays a sardonic radio executive, with Ray Milland as his slightly oilier second-in-command. George Burns and Gracie Allen play radio sponsors, which is just an excuse to trot them out and do their shtick (but what a great shtick it was). Shirley Ross plays the young ingénue who comes to New York to find stardom on the radio.

It was probably Ross who impressed me the most, she seems to have been a very funny actress with a great singing voice. It's a pity she didn't have more of a career in films.

Jack Benny, I think, was better suited to playing the wise-cracking supporting character -- as he did in this film -- as compared to the leading man. He was not a very good actor and had a lifelong difficulty memorizing lines. He was great here, though, playing a sarcastic cynic, a character in direct contrast with the miserly wannabe character he played on the radio.

It is also worth noting that I think this is Benny's only film pairing with his best friend, George Burns. The two don't have much to do together, but it's nice to see, just the same.

A final note: Bob Burns also has a very funny role in this movie as a Hillbilly who keeps interrupting radio shows trying to find Leopold Stokowski. He wants to find the maestro to show him a musical instrument he has invented. It is a long black tube that you blow into. Burns used it on his own radio show. He called it a "bazooka." Turns out, that's where the weapon got it's name. See how much we owe to radio?


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?