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Telephone Operator (1937)

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A telephone operator covering for a friend's "fling" finds herself in the middle of a major disaster when the city is hit by a big flood and her switchboard is the center of communications.

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Cast overview:
Judith Allen ...
Helen Molly
Grant Withers ...
Red
Warren Hymer ...
Shorty
Alice White ...
Dottie Stengal
Ronnie Cosby ...
Ted Molloy (as Ronnie Cosbey)
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Tom Sommers
Greta Granstedt ...
Sylvia Sommers
William Haade ...
Heaver
Cornelius Keefe ...
Pat Campbell
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Molloy
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Helen Malloy (Judith Allen), a telephone operator covering for an absent friend, Dottie Stengal (Alice White) finds herself in the middle of a major disaster when the city is hit by a big flood and her switchboard is the center of communications. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A BOLT FROM HELL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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7 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Good use of stock footage is not enough to save this movie
23 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie highlights the efforts of telephone operators in warning people when the Riverdale Dam breaks. Withers and Hymer play two linesmen (the best there ever were as they tell everybody) were sent to the town to string more lines by the dam. I disliked this movie almost from the beginning and finished watching it only to see if I could revise my early opinion. Another reviewer refers to the chronic sexual harassment in the movie and that it might ruffle a few feathers. The arrogant, overbearing lout played by Withers is thoroughly obnoxious. Early in the movie at a dance, Withers grabs Judith Allen who cries out in pain and asks him to let her go. He won't until another man comes along (who Withers ends up socking - what a guy). Evidently this abusive behavior was acceptable in the 1930s, so the audience would not have been surprised that Withers and Allen end up falling in love and saving the day. There were two good things about this movie, 1) the cute kid and 2) the flood footage. Oh, there's a third good thing – many minutes of this film are missing and it's now only 53 minutes long.


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