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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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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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THE "Greatness" OF THE SCREEN...THE "Magic" OF RADIO - Combined in the Gayest Musical Show of them ALL! (original print ad) 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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

Ain't We Got Fun
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the radio store montage
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One of the friskier Foxes
28 June 2009 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

You know those Fox musicals: dreary plots, dragged-out playing times, benumbed direction, uninteresting photography, excruciatingly familiar casts, undistinguished or antiquated old-fave scores. This one, with less production values than usual, actually has a fun if unremarkable plot, pretending to be about the history of radio, but really just an excuse to let its stars do what they do best: Alice Faye to sing in her throaty, comforting contralto, John Payne to look handsome (he also warbles a bit, and not badly), Jack Oakie to clown (less annoyingly than usual). Mack Gordon and Harry Warren wrote many gorgeous ballads; here the keeper is "Long Ago Last Night," and it's a corker. It moves fast--positively at a gallop, by Fox standards--and though there are anachronisms everywhere, in the costumes and the dialog and the sets, this time you don't mind. A very entertaining, unpretentious Fox musical.


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