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The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)

Spud Miller hopes to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition, with the help of the Radio Eye, an invention that can display live events from anywhere in the world.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Francis Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Oakie ... Spud Miller
George Burns ... George Burns
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Allen
Lyda Roberti ... Countess Ysobel de Naigila
Wendy Barrie ... Sue
Henry Wadsworth ... Smiley
C. Henry Gordon ... Gordoni
Benny Baker ... Herman
Bing Crosby ... Bing
Ethel Merman ... Ethel Merman
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Sealingsworth
Charles Ruggles ... Wilbur Sealingsworth
David Holt ... Brother
Virginia Weidler ... Little Girl in Hospital
Guy Standing ... Doctor (as Sir Guy Standing)
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Storyline

Spud Miller hopes to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition, with the help of the Radio Eye, an invention that can display live events from anywhere in the world.

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A musical meteor of songs, comedy and romance!

Genres:

Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cazadores de estrellas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Carlos Gardel was killed in a plane crash three months before the release of this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Double Trouble
Music by Ralph Rainger, Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Lydia Roberti, Jack Oakie, Henry Wadsworth and chorus
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Sub-Par Effort From Paramount
15 October 2015 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Hard to decide where to start. It's a musical comedy but there are basic problems - the comedy isn't funny and the songs aren't tuneful. Paramount had a pretty large stable of talent in those days, and many of them are here; Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen, Ethel Merman, Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland, but their talents go largely to waste in this misbegotten movie.

Except for "I Wished on the Moon", the songs are forgettable and lack the normal craftsmanship of the Whiting-Robin team. Most of the jokes and comic sequences are half-baked and unfunny, and the picture needed more Burns & Allen and less Jack Oakie, as he overacts in one of his lesser efforts on screen. But before I forget, I should mention Lyda Roberti, one of Hollywood's best and funniest comediennes whose life was cut short by heart disease. She shines above the poor material and her zany style is reminiscent of a young Lucille Ball.

Saving the best (or worst) for last, as the poor storyline makes "The Big Broadcast of 1936" almost unwatchable. Incoherent and trying too hard at humor, the film does the career of director Norman Taurog, who has an impressive list of films to his credits, a disservice. Recommended strictly for Hollywood archivists and those happy people who are easily entertained.


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