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After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack Oakie ...
Chuck Hadley
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Rix Martin
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Bruce Chadwick
James Newill ...
Singer
Charles Fuqua ...
Song Specialty
The Ink Spots ...
The Four Ink Spots (as The Four Ink Spots)
Hoppy Jones ...
Song Specialty
Bill Kenny ...
Ink Spots Member
Deek Watson ...
Song Specialty
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Dancers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Fayard Nicholas ...
Railroad Station Dance Specialty (as The Nicholas Brothers)
Harold Nicholas ...
Railroad Station Dance Specialty (as The Nicholas Brothers)
The Wiere Brothers ...
Dancers (as Wiere Brothers)
Mary Beth Hughes ...
Secretary
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After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Great Stars! A Grand Story! IN THE GREATEST MUSICAL OF THEM ALL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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9 May 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Original 1919 Jess Willard-Jack Dempsey fight film footage used. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in 1919, and the years immediately following, all of Alice Faye's clothes and hairstyles are strictly in the 1941 mode, as are also those of Mary Beth Hughes and the other female members of the cast; the musical arrangements of Faye's featured songs are also in the contemporary 1941 style. See more »

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Sabre and Spurs
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the boxing sequence
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A Fox musical starring the usual suspects
27 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, and Cesar Romero are part of "The Great American Broadcast," a 1941 20th Century Fox musical about the beginning of radio broadcasting. It's complete fiction, of course, but peppered with some wonderful singing by Faye and the Ink Spots, magnificent dancing by the Nicholas Brothers, and some good comedy bits by the Wiere Brothers.

Payne and Oakie play partners in a radio venture, financed by Romero. They're both in love with the pretty Faye. You've seen this plot a million times.

This is worth seeing for the cast. Romero is very elegant as the money man, Chuck, Payne is handsome and sings well, and Oakie is extremely likable. Besides the specialty numbers, there is footage of the Dempsey-Willard fight in 1919.

The older folks will especially love this one.


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