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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

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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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Storyline

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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"Run Little Raindrop Run" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon) had been intended for this movie. Rather, in Springtime in the Rockies (1942), Betty Grable, John Payne and a chorus would sing the song. Later, Miss Grable and Cesar Romero would dance to the melody, played by Harry James and His Music Makers. 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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Soundtracks

It's All in a Lifetime
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Alice Faye and chorus
Also performed by The Wiere Brothers during their radio performance as "The Stradivarians"
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Among the best of its type

Archie Mayo and the writers took a stock project (a show biz musical) and made it special. The plot line about the beginnings of radio doesn't get lost in the welter of specialty numbers nor does the love story intrude too much in the fun. We even get a sense of what it was like when radio was expanding from a hobbyist's pursuit to a a mass market entertainment industry. The cast is nearly top notch all around but the Wiere Brothers are a marvel, providing the best turn in the film despite competition from the Nicholas Brothers, the Ink Spots and the always professional and often underrated John Payne, Alice Faye and Jack Oakie. Payne was usually justified in sleepwalking through the roles Fox saddled him with, but in this outing he shows what he can do with a congenial plot, director and co-stars. The primary reason for watching this film is to see the Wiere Brothers at their antic best. They were a deft and whimsical European comedy trio--comedians, instrumentalists, dancers and jugglers--with a long lineage in Continental circus, ballet and opera, and their style may be baffling to tastes weened on hit-them-over-the-head roughhouse comedy. Nothing wrong with roughhouse, but the Wieres offer something gently different.


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