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Radio Parade of 1935 (1934)

The Director General of the NBG is struggling with his staff as the complaints pile up on his programming.The staff put on a show that could turn the tide, if the DG can thwart a villainous agent and deal with his troublesome daughter.

Director:

Arthur B. Woods

Writers:

James Bunting (screenplay and dialogue), Jack Davis Jr. (screenplay and dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Will Hay ... William Garland
Helen Chandler ... Joan Garland
Clifford Mollison ... Jimmie Clare
Davy Burnaby Davy Burnaby ... Sir Ffrederick Ffotheringhay
Alfred Drayton ... Carl Graham
Billy Bennett Billy Bennett ... Commissionaire
Lily Morris Lily Morris ... Charlady
Nellie Wallace Nellie Wallace ... Charlady
Teddy Joyce Teddy Joyce ... Orchestra Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eve Becke Eve Becke ... Herself
The Buddy Bradley Rhythm Girls The Buddy Bradley Rhythm Girls ... Dancers
Fay Carroll Fay Carroll ... Herself
Charles Clapham Charles Clapham ... Reporter (as Clapham and Dwyer)
Peggy Cochrane ... Herself
Fred Conyngham Fred Conyngham ... Himself
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The Director General of the National Broadcasting Group is struggling with his staff as the complaints pile up on his programming. Luckily the staff put on a series of acts that could turn the tide, if the Director General can thwart a villainous theatrical agent and deal with his troublesome daughter. Written by David Grant

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Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1934 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio Follies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ambiphone Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Dufaycolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The characters of William Garland and inventor A. Bird are obvious references to John Reith ("garland/wreath") and John Logie Baird See more »

Goofs

There seems to be some confusion as to the names of the characters played by Will Hay and Helen Chandler. The name on the door is "Garlon", but they are both frequently addressed as "Garland". See more »

Connections

Featured in Elstree Story (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Lo Hear the Gentle lark
Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyric by William Shakespeare
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Often strained, but with genuine high points
26 November 2004 | by Ted-5See all my reviews

The story line is simple: A new program director of the NBG radio network (clearly a parody of the staid BBC) wants to update the programs with new talent. The stuffy powers-that-be are determined to keep dignity and tradition.

Musicals are always hard to rate. In this case, the silly Three Stooges type story line and humor is really glue to hold the production numbers together. The movie is, in fact, a genuine variety show - and some of the acts are quite good. Several routines mimic Busby Berkeley. Others are pure vaudeville.

I'd have to say the high point is the color segment with Alberta Hunter (an African-American who made recordings with Fats Waller). In addition to Alberta's stirring singing, the backup dancers stand on over-sized African drums, to give a surrealistic, dream-like effect. Unfortunately, this was evidently Alberta's only movie.

Another high point for me is the novelty act by Stanelli, a brief segment in which the maestro plays tuned auto horns. But then, I'm a fan of Spike Jones.

As for the comedy bits, I think the funniest moment is the "exercise" program, in which an overweight "coach" leans back in his overstuffed chair, counting out "1-2-1-2..." into the microphone, and pumping a billows in rhythm to simulate his vigorous breathing.

Surely this film is more nostalgic to British audiences than to us Yanks. I'm led to believe the performers were all theater and music hall favorites in their day.


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