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The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 6 October 1936 (USA)
A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of ... See full summary »

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Francis Martin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... Jack Carson
George Burns ... Mr. Platt
Gracie Allen ... Mrs. Platt
Bob Burns ... Bob Black
Martha Raye ... Patsy
Shirley Ross ... Gwen Holmes
Ray Milland ... Bob Miller
Frank Forest Frank Forest ... Frank Rossman
Benny Fields Benny Fields ... Benny Fields
Sam Hearn Sam Hearn ... Schlepperman
Stan Kavanaugh Stan Kavanaugh ... Kavvy
Benny Goodman ... Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ... Benny Goodman's Orchestra (as Benny Goodman Orchestra)
Virginia Weidler ... Flower Girl
David Holt ... Train Bearer
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A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of continued operation. An interesting mixture of the stars whose fame continued to grow, those who became bit players in show business history, and those who have been forgotten entirely, except at the Internet Movie Database of course. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den store radioudsendelse 1937 See more »

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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

Shortly after arriving in the U.S. from Germany, Oskar Fischinger was contracted by Paramount Pictures to create an animated sequence (in Technicolor or Gasparcolor; sources differ) for this movie. The movie was scored to a jazz piece, "Radio Dynamics", by studio musician Ralph Rainger. Unfortunately, Paramount Pictures switched the production to black and white, and Fischinger's animation became a sequence within the film, showing consumer products emanating from a radio broadcasting tower, rather than pure abstract imagery. Fischinger later released his color version as Allegretto (1936). See more »

Quotes

Telephone Girl: With whom would you like an audition?
Bob Black: Leopold Stokowski.
Telephone Girl: Sorry, the maestro is in rehearsal.
Bob Black: Yeah, but where's Leopold Stokowski?
Telephone Girl: Mr. Stokowski is in rehearsal now.
Bob Black: When do you reckon would be a good time to see him?
Telephone Girl: Well, I suggest that you come back the second Tuesday in June 1984, at 6:00.
Bob Black: Thank you, lady.
[Starts to leave, then comes back]
Bob Black: Now lady, do you mean morning or afternoon?
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Night in Manhattan
Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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Fergeson's opinion
27 November 2009 | by harrysdixonjrSee all my reviews

The New Republic's critic, Fergeson, who died as a Merchant Marine in World War II, gave this movie a rave review.

This movie is another example of a superb movie that either vanished or is very hard to find.

Ian Hamilton made this comment regarding films made from screenplays by Nathaniel West. Nathaniel West is considered by many to be the greatest writer of his generation (he was married to the real My Sister Eileen).

Not having seen a movie made from a screenplay he wrote, I have no way of knowing whether his fan club is right.

The same is true of Carl Dreyer's films, Sternbergs and other early movie directors. The French have ranted and raves on this topic for more than half a century.


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