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Telephone Operator (1937)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 7 December 1937 (USA)
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.



(story) (as John Krafft), (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)

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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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Suddenly...disaster struck at the happiness of these two lovers...as raging flood waters swept them into the dark terror of the night! See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Pelo Telefone  »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Friday 5 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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I like any movie with a dam in it...
8 April 2008 | by (Midland, GA) – See all my reviews

The version I downloaded from the Internet Archive must be heavily cut, as it's only 53m. Despite this inexcusable decimation, I found this flick to be quite satisfying, for what it is. We've got cocksure telephone linesmen, surly switchboard operators, kids with shortwave radios, a failing dam, and a terrific flood - 30's style, and stuffed into little more than an hour! The cast are all sufficiently capable in their roles, particularly leads Allen and Withers, but it was the colorful details that really sustained my interest. Things like Helen's kid brother setting his alarm for 5 so he can listen to a Boy Scout rally from England on the shortwave. The film is a nifty little time capsule of the 1930's telecommunications industry at work, and its importance to daily life in that decade.

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