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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
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
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Turnkey
Lionel Pape ...
Lord Droopy
Virginia Vale ...
Joan Fielding (as Dorothy Howe)
Russell Hicks ...
Captain Stafford
Kirsten Flagstad ...
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Hope's big break in feature films occurred when Jack Benny turned down the role. See more »

Quotes

S.B. Bellows: [referring to Martha, who has just been rescued] Throw her back in, let the sharks protect themselves!
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Connections

Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: Tanks for the Memory (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

NOCHE DE RONDA (BE MINE TONIGHT)
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Maria Teresa Lara
Sung by Tito Guízar
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W.C. Fields and Bob Hope are probably the reasons anyone would still watch The Big Broadcast of 1938
4 February 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This was my third time in watching this movie when I popped the DVD in just now. It's notable as W.C. Fields' last for Paramount, and Bob Hope's first feature after years of doing shorts. It also marked the first time Hope performed what became his theme song-"Thanks for the Memory"-which, as performed here, was originally a bittersweet ditty of a love that had its ups and downs with Shirley Ross providing a nice share of wit in duetting with Hope in singing it. Fields is funny whether playing golf, pool, or trying to run the ship though I admit I rewinded some of his scenes to try to understand what he's saying! Two future Hope co-stars, Dorothy Lamour and Martha Raye, provide some charms along the way with Ms. Lamour singing a nice romantic ballad and Ms. Raye doing some great comic banter and slapstick. There's also some amusements from Ben Blue and a forgotten lady named Patricia Wilder as a Southern belle doing deadpan shtick. Oh, and an animated sequence produced by Leon Schlesinger though since he was just a money man, it could possibly have been helmed by whoever was the "supervisor" under him at the time like Fred "Tex" Avery, Robert Clampett, or Frank Tashlin. No great shakes but The Big Broadcast of 1938 is worth a look for historical reasons and if you find the people I mentioned entertaining.


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