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Director:
Writers:
Don Ettlinger (original screen play) and
Edwin Blum (original screen play) ...
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Release Date:
9 May 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE "Greatness" OF THE SCREEN...THE "Magic" OF RADIO - Combined in the Gayest Musical Show of them ALL! (original print ad) See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Fun picture, but typical Fox screenplay!! See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

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:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
ChesterstrikesSee more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fun picture, but typical Fox screenplay!!, 1 August 2002
Author: Evan J. Chase from Ohio

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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