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The Phantom Broadcast (1933)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 15 March 1933 (USA)
A handsome radio singer has it all--fame, money, adoring fans--but what no one knows is that his accompanist, a hunchbacked piano player, is actually the voice behind the arrogant, abusive ... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

Tristram Tupper (screenplay), Tristram Tupper (story "Phantom of the Air")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ralph Forbes ... Norman Wilder
Vivienne Osborne ... Elsa Evans
Arnold Gray ... Grant Murdock
Gail Patrick ... Laura Hamilton
Paul Page ... Dr. Robert Brooks
Pauline Garon ... Nancy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sandy Higgins (as Big Boy Williams)
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Joe Maestro
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Program Manager (as Harlan Tucker)
Carl Miller ... Lefty
Mary MacLaren ... Beth
George Nash George Nash ... Artist
Althea Henley Althea Henley ... Model
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Police Lieutenant (as George Hayes)
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Storyline

A handsome radio singer has it all--fame, money, adoring fans--but what no one knows is that his accompanist, a hunchbacked piano player, is actually the voice behind the arrogant, abusive "singer"'s fame. The two men fall for the same girl, and when the singer turns up dead, suspicion falls upon his assistant and the girl. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

False Fronts See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

W.T. Lackey Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Saturday 8 April 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

Right after Murdock and Wilder have an argument, Murdock leaves the apartment in a huff. Immediately after, cab driver Sandy enters by a different door and states that he just passed Murdock in the hall and that he was in a hurry. However, it appears they would both have been going in different directions. See more »

Soundtracks

Out Where the Moonbeams Greet the Morning
Music by Norman Spencer and Bernard B. Brown (as Bernard Brown)
Lyrics by George Waggner
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Murder and mayhem on Poverty Row
31 January 2016 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

Back in the thirties, every studio had its own distinctive style...there were star-studded epics like "Gone With the Wind" at MGM, breezy comedies like the Hope-Crosby "Road" movies at Paramount and gangster films with the likes of Bogart and Cagney at Warner Bros. Then there were the Poverty Row studios, principally Monogram and PRC, where "quickies" were churned out on five day schedules. So it's no wonder that while Monogram's "The Phantom Broadcast" is entertaining, it's also confusing. The premise is that piano player Norman Wilder, a hunchback, is the behind-the-scenes voice for a murdered radio crooner. There are a few obvious questions like why no one notices that while the crooner is performing, his pianist is simultaneously singing up a storm. Or how a few characters enter someone's apartment then apparently forget that it's not their own home. Someone at the studio may have noticed that lapse but was told Monogram's policy...no retakes. Still, "The Phantom Broadcast" is fun. And you can't say that about quite a few movies from the major studios.


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