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Director:
Writers:
Don Ettlinger (original screenplay) &
Edwin Blum (original screenplay) ...
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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 »
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Interesting Pseudo History with a Too Familiar Dumb Plot 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 (uncredited) (archive footage)
Tex Brodus ... Musician (uncredited)
Bob Brossard ... Musician (uncredited)

Eddie Cantor ... Himself - Opening Montage (uncredited) (archive footage)
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 (uncredited) (archive footage)
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)
Eddie Kane ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Lee Kass ... 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 (uncredited) (archive footage)
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 (uncredited) (archive footage)
Poppy Wilde ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Wilkus ... Telephone Lineman (uncredited)
Jess Willard ... Himself - Prizefighter (uncredited) (archive footage)
Walter Winchell ... Himself - Opening Montage (uncredited) (archive footage)
Al Winters ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
 
Writing credits
Don Ettlinger (original screenplay) &
Edwin Blum (original screenplay) and
Robert Ellis (original screenplay) &
Helen Logan (original screenplay)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley 
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 
 
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
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Alfred Newman .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dance director
 

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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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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:
If I Didn't CareSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Pseudo History with a Too Familiar Dumb Plot, 27 October 2001
Author: Dick-42 (rhunter51@cox.net) from Springfield, VA

Few middle-aged people now even remember the waning days of big time network radio, much less its prime time from the late 1920s to the mid 50s. When I first became aware of radio, about 1930, the networks had been operating for some time. Nothing in this movie would tell me how long. The signals were, indeed, carried over telephone lines. In fact, by the late 30s, at least, telephone cables consisting of thousands of wires in a lead sheath carried larger gauge wires in the center to provide a cleaner signal for radio transmission. Broadcasts originated mostly in New York, with quite a few from California, some from Chicago, and a few from other places around the country -- like Nashville. If it was necessary to switch the feed from, say, New York to Hollywood for a special interview, it took about 5 seconds for the phone lines to be reconnected in the opposite direction. It was a fun time, that this movie pretends to have invented. When it originated, the people -- broadcasters and listeners -- must have been fully as excited about it as the movie depicts.

The plot of the story is one we've seen in at least a dozen films: boy steals friend's girl; friend and girl succeed big in some enterprise, boy, left out, becomes jealous and disappears; boy turns up just in time to observe girl's ultimate triumph. The enterprise may be a business, a farm, or a mine, but more commonly it's an act or dramatic career. The story is always stupid, and this film is no exception.

Still, the music featuring Alice Faye, a couple of numbers by the Ink Spots, the hilarious Wiere Brothers, and the incomparable Nicholas Brothers, and even John Payne in one of his early singing roles, makes for eminently watchable entertainment, with the bit of questionable broadcast history thrown in for good measure. Despite the too familiar plot, it's far better than the average musical of the 30s through 50s. I loved it enough to save the recording I made off the cable 15 years ago, and liked it just as much when I dug up the tape this week.

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