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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows
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Martha Bellows
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Dorothy Wyndham
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Cleo Fielding
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Scoop McPhail
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Buzz Fielding
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Mike
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Bob Hayes (as Leif Erikson)
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Honey Chile
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Grace Fielding
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Turnkey
Lionel Pape ...
Lord Droopy
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Joan Fielding (as Dorothy Howe)
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Capt. Stafford
Kirsten Flagstad ...
Specialty: the Metropolitan Opera Company
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Storyline

New ocean liner S.S. Gigantic is about to race its rival, the Colossal. Gigantic owner T.F. Bellows sends his brother S.B. on the Colossal, hoping he will cause trouble; delayed by a golf game, S.B. lands on Gigantic instead, and so does his unlucky daughter Martha. Meanwhile, radio emcee Buzz Fielding announces a series of musical acts and tries to juggle fiancée Dorothy and three ex-wives who've come for the ride. Can the Gigantic win against all handicaps? Will true love triumph? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desafio no Mar  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First full-length movie for Bob Hope, where he first sings his future theme song "Thanks for the Memories" with Shirley Ross. See more »

Quotes

Divorcee: I was married to him for eight months; I gave him the best years of my life!
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Connections

Referenced in Olive's Boithday Presink (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T TELL A SECRET TO A ROSE
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics Leo Robin
Sung by Tito Guízar
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Amusing enough to watch every few years
23 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are momentary gems in this movie, and I recently bought the DVD because I fondly remembered it from its television broadcasts during my childhood. Hope and Ross's "Thanks for the Memory" (that's the actual spelling; it isn't plural) is so well portrayed that it seems they are recalling actual moments from their lives. This is almost the only moment of sincerity in this otherwise farcical fluff-piece. Martha Raye's "Oh, Mama!" is eye-popping primarily because I believe she did her own stunts in it, and she is bandied about like an unlucky mouse caught by a gruesomely playful puss. WC Fields sparks frequent smirks with his ostentatious manner combined with total buffoonery. Dorothy Lamour is only pleasant; I don't believe she had yet found her spark for comedy that was later displayed in the Hope & Crosby Road Movies. Her song (she only gets one but sings it ad infinitum to Leif Erickson), along with the remainder of the musical score, is surprisingly engaging. All in all an enjoyable musical comedy review, designed so audiences could finally see the faces of the performers they invited into their living rooms through the radio.


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