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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

Passed  -  Animation | Comedy | Musical  -  11 February 1938 (USA)
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The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows
Martha Raye ...
Martha Bellows
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Dorothy Wyndham
Shirley Ross ...
Cleo Fielding
Lynne Overman ...
Scoop McPhail
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Buzz Fielding
Ben Blue ...
Mike
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Bob Hayes (as Leif Erikson)
Patricia Wilder ...
Honey Chile
Grace Bradley ...
Grace Fielding
Rufe Davis ...
Turnkey
Lionel Pape ...
Lord Droopy
Virginia Vale ...
Joan Fielding (as Dorothy Howe)
Russell Hicks ...
Captain Stafford
Kirsten Flagstad ...
Specialty: of the Metropolitan Opera Company
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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 »

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Divorcee: I was married to him for eight months; I gave him the best years of my life!
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NOCHE DE RONDA (BE MINE TONIGHT)
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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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