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The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)

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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Mr. Platt
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Bob Black
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Patsy
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Gwen Holmes
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Bob Miller
Frank Forest ...
Frank Rossman
Benny Fields ...
Benny Fields
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Stan Kavanaugh ...
Kavvy
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Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ...
Benny Goodman's Orchestra (as Benny Goodman 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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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 »

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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Edited from Murder at the Vanities (1934) See more »

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You Came to My Rescue
Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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Fergeson's opinion
27 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The New Republic's critic, Fergeson, who died as a Merchant Marine in World War II, gave this movie a rave review.

This movie is another example of a superb movie that either vanished or is very hard to find.

Ian Hamilton made this comment regarding films made from screenplays by Nathaniel West. Nathaniel West is considered by many to be the greatest writer of his generation (he was married to the real My Sister Eileen).

Not having seen a movie made from a screenplay he wrote, I have no way of knowing whether his fan club is right.

The same is true of Carl Dreyer's films, Sternbergs and other early movie directors. The French have ranted and raves on this topic for more than half a century.


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