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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desafio no Mar  »

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(copyright length)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the song, "Thanks For the Memories," the censors demanded that the lyric, "That weekend at Niagara / Where we never saw the falls" should be changed to "That weekend at Niagara / Where we hardly saw the falls." Bob Hope later said, "I thought this made the lyric sound even more suggestive." See more »

Quotes

Scoop McPhail: [after being kissed by Martha] AAAAAHHHH! I've been kissed by a tunnel!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

TRUCKIN' (THEY'RE GOING HOLLYWOOD IN HARLEM)
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Rube Bloom
Lyrics Ted Koehler
Performed by Martha Raye and dancers
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Thoroughly enjoyable;full of stars of the thirties. Logical story line.
1 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lots of mainly young and beautiful stars of the thirties appear in this movie. Dorothy Lamour and Shirley Ross are knockouts with the zany Martha Raye as a comic foil. This is a great movie for black and white buffs.

Some classic scenes in this movie:

W. C. Fields in his best golf playing scenes ever.

Martha Raye hugging and puffing with her big mouth against a sail to keep a life raft sailing toward a big ocean liner.

Kirsten Flagstad from the Metropolitan opera delivering a Wagner aria.

But the piece de resistance is Shirley and Bob singing what would later become Bob Hope's Theme song, "Thanks for the Memory."

Although not listed in the cast, I saw Lucille Ball, probably with the most lines of any of her thirties' movies.


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