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The Great American Broadcast (1941)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  9 May 1941 (USA)
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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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Vicki Adams
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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THE GAYEST MUSICAL OF THEM ALL! 7 NEW SONG HITS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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9 May 1941 (USA)  »

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Addio Broadway!  »

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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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Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Chi Mi frena in tal momento?
(uncredited)
aka "Sextet"
From "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Lyrics by Salvatore Cammarano
Performed by Eula Morgan, Jack Oakie, and Madame Rinaldi's opera company
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Fun picture, but typical Fox screenplay!!
1 August 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

For those of us lucky enough to see Turner Classic Movies library of great MGM, Warners and RKO pictures, it comes as a letdown to see comparable 20th Century Fox pictures done with such juvenile plots--and there were many.

The Great American Broadcast is worthwhile to see gorgeous Alice Faye (about the time she married Phil Harris), hear her great songs, see the incomparable Ink Spots, Weire Brothers and Nicholas Brothers! Also performing well in restrained character for a change is Jack Oakie.

The backdrop of early radio is interesting, but the plot was so bad I had to turn away for a while--like broadcasting from a building rooftop from a tent in a thunderstorm(early AM low power radio would never reach far with all that lightning and static), also preposterous that John Payne would leave his beautiful new bride Alice Faye and run away to south america....only to have Jack Oakie beat him up to get him to look at her in the end....ha!!

Thanks to the Fox Classic Movie Channel for providing a beautiful print, enjoy it just the same.


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