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Director:
Writers:
Don Ettlinger (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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Routine Plot, but has some good musical numbers 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)
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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
Give My Regards to BroadwaySee more »

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Routine Plot, but has some good musical numbers, 5 January 2006
Author: sryder-1 from United States

During the first twenty minutes or so there is actually some loose correspondence between the actual early history of radio and the history as presented here: the broadcast of a heavyweight prize fight, the proposal to broadcast a national political convention, the commercial link between the development of broadcasting and the sale of radios for home entertainment; and also the way national broadcasts began. The opening sequence before the title would have caught the attention of film goers in the forties, with brief clips of jack Benny, Fred Allen, Kate smith, Walter Winchell and other radio stars. Unfortunately, the origin and evolution of radio broadcasting becomes merely the background for a clichéd romance. However, there are some entertaining musical moments along the way. Jack Oakie stands out from the rest of the cast because of his energy, while Alice Faye, a favorite of mine from the 1930s, sings well, but seems mostly tired, except when she and Oakie are performing a song and dance number together. John Payne, Fox's back-up leading man (after Tyrone Power, who had moved on to major dramatic roles by this time), always does his job in a professional, though bland, manner. The Nicholas Brothers always impress. 20th Century Fox seemed to find some way of working them into most of the 1940s musicals. On the other hand, the Wiere Brothers are truly tiresome, supposedly performing over the radio an act that has to be seen to be enjoyed (or not, in this case). This review may sound more negative than I intended. In fact, most viewers will enjoy this hour and a half for what it is.

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