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The Great American Broadcast (1941)

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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Chuck Hadley
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Rix Martin
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Bruce Chadwick
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Charles Fuqua ...
Song Specialty
The Ink Spots ...
The Four Ink Spots (as The Four Ink Spots)
Hoppy Jones ...
Song Specialty
Bill Kenny ...
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Deek Watson ...
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The Nicholas Brothers ...
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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)
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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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Addio Broadway!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Rix Martin (John Payne) first sees the radio equipment Chuck Hadley (Jack Oakie) has set up in his room, he thinks it's a still for making bootleg liquor. But the scene takes place in early 1919, before Prohibition had taken effect. See more »

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

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Run, Little Raindrop, Run
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Alice Faye but not used in the picture
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Modest but thoroughly enjoyable
6 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even back in the early 1940s when MGM was dazzling the world with their spectacular Technicolor musicals, Twentieth Century Fox under Daryl Zanuck's direction was still turning out modest B&W musicals like this one about the early days of radio. No breath-taking dance numbers but lots of pretty if ultimately forgettable songs by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, enjoyable specialty numbers by the Ink Spots and the incomparable Nicholas Brothers (as railroad porters!); and even a parody radio commercial sung with German accents by those madcap expatriates from the Berlin cabarets, the Wiere Brothers (the poor man's Ritz Bros.) The fast-moving plot is expertly directed by the usually lethargic Archie Mayo with lots of gags and even a bit of pathos from Jack Oakie, and enough romance between handsome John Payne and adorable Alice Faye to keep the girls in the audience happy. Fans of big studio high-style glamor cinematography will enjoy the gorgeous close-ups of Alice Faye lit by J.P. Marley and Leon Shamroy. Mike Frankovitch, who was one day to become president of Columbia Pictures, can be seen briefly as a radio announcer.


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