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Release Date:
9 May 1941 (USA) See more »
THE "Greatness" OF THE SCREEN...THE "Magic" OF RADIO - Combined in the Gayest Musical Show of them ALL! (original print ad) See more »
After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alice Faye ... Vicki Adams

Jack Oakie ... Chuck Hadley

John Payne ... Rix Martin

Cesar Romero ... 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
Harry Wiere ... Chapman's Cheerful Chappies / The Stradivarians (as The Wiere Brothers)
Eula Morgan ... Madame Rinaldi
Herbert Wiere ... Chapman's Cheerful Chappies / The Stradivarians (as The Wiere Brothers)
William Pawley ... Foreman
Sylvester Wiere ... Chapman's Cheerful Chappies / The Stradivarians (as The Wiere Brothers)
Lucien Littlefield ... Justice of the Peace
Eddie Conrad ... Conductor (as Edward Conrad)
Gary Breckner ... Announcer
M.J. Frankovich ... Announcer (as Mike Frankovich)
Frank Orth ... Counter Man
Eddie Acuff ... Jimmy
Mildred Gover ... Jennie
Syd Saylor ... Brakeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Milton Berle ... Radio Announcer (scenes deleted)
Kenneth Alexander ... Radio Ham (uncredited)

Fred Allen ... Fred Allen (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bettye Avery ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jack Benny ... Himself - Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ... Musician (uncredited)
Bob Brossard ... Musician (uncredited)

Eddie Cantor ... Himself - Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Les Clark ... Musician (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Collins ... Telephone Lineman (uncredited)
Henry Cordy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Cornell ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Andre Cuyas ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dorothy Dearing ... Bruce's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Jack Dempsey ... Himself - Prizefighter (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Dobbs ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bruce Edwards ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lillian Eggers ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Erickson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nora Gale ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Grant ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Porter (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Radio Ham (uncredited)
Otto Han ... Meadows (uncredited)
Bunny Hartley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Doorman (uncredited)
Scotty Hunt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Lee Kass ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Losee Jr. ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patsy Mace ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Railroad Station Porter (uncredited)
Roseanne Murray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Roland Rego ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marion Rosamond ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Sinclair ... Telephone Lineman (uncredited)
Kate Smith ... Kate Smith - Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Usher (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Railroad Porter (uncredited)

Rudy Vallee ... Himself - Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Mrs. Willoughby (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Basil Walker ... Radio Broadcast Attendant (uncredited)
Joyce Walsh ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Wife (uncredited)
Paul Whiteman ... Himself - Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Wilkus ... Telephone Lineman (uncredited)
Jess Willard ... Himself - Prizefighter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Winchell ... Himself - Opening Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Al Winters ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
Writing credits
Don Ettlinger (original screen play) and
Edwin Blum (original screen play)

Robert Ellis (original screen play) and
Helen Logan (original screen play)

Samuel Hoffenstein  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography) (as Peverell Marley)
Leon Shamroy (director of photography) (as Leon Shamroy)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Albert Hogsett 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Makeup Department
Lillian Meyers .... hairdresser: Alice Faye (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Alfred Newman .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dance director
Harry Brand .... publicity director (uncredited)
Ted Sherdeman .... historical consultant (uncredited)
Helene Smith .... stand-in: Alice Faye (uncredited)
J. Andrew White .... historical consultant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

"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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Fox musical starring the usual suspects, 27 June 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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