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The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)

 |  Comedy  |  6 October 1936 (USA)
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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 »

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

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6 October 1936 (USA)  »

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Den store radioudsendelse 1937  »

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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

Telephone Girl: With whom would you like an audition?
Bob Black: Leopold Stokowski.
Telephone Girl: Sorry, the maestro is in rehearsal.
Bob Black: Yeah, but where's Leopold Stokowski?
Telephone Girl: Mr. Stokowski is in rehearsal now.
Bob Black: When do you reckon would be a good time to see him?
Telephone Girl: Well, I suggest that you come back the second Tuesday in June 1984, at 6:00.
Bob Black: Thank you, lady.
[Starts to leave, then comes back]
Bob Black: Now lady, do you mean morning or afternoon?
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I'm Talking Through My Heart
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fun with a good cast
27 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes I think it's not worth it to review films like this - they are so often a compilation of musical numbers that there doesn't seem to be much to say.

This film has more oomph to it. It stars Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Ray Milland, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Frank Forest, and Bob Burns.

Benny plays a radio exec, and Ray Milland works for him. Burns and Allen portray sponsors. Raye is Benny's secretary, and Shirley Ross is an aspiring singer who desires radio stardom.

Gracie Allen of course was hilarious doing her dingbat stuff. I had just seen Burns in Going in Style so I was impressed with how good- looking and vital he was in his day - not that I hadn't seen him before, it just stood out because he was so old in the other film.

I was extremely impressed with the beautiful singing of Frank Forest, who was a Metropolitan Opera star. Shirley Ross was excellent as well, playing a singer who gets lost in the attention of stardom. Ross never really made it to film stardom, and was given a great opportunity to star on Broadway in Guys & Dolls, but decided against it and devoted herself to her family instead.

Raye as Patsy the secretary gets her big break at the end and shows what a great voice she had.

Bob Burns has a funny bit as a country boy who keeps coming on the radio and trying to find Leopold Stokowski, who also appears. He wants to show Stokowski his invention, an instrument which is a long tube, calling it a bazooka. That's some trivia if anyone asks where the name came from.

Worth seeing for the talent.


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