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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Directors:

Mitchell Leisen, James P. Hogan (uncredited)

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screen play), Francis Martin (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
W.C. Fields ... T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows
Martha Raye ... Martha Bellows
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Wyndham
Shirley Ross ... Cleo Fielding
Lynne Overman ... Scoop McPhail
Bob Hope ... Buzz Fielding
Ben Blue ... Mike
Leif Erickson ... Bob Hayes (as Leif Erikson)
Patricia Wilder ... Honey Chile
Grace Bradley ... Grace Fielding
Rufe Davis ... Turnkey
Lionel Pape ... Lord Droopy
Virginia Vale ... Joan Fielding (as Dorothy Howe)
Russell Hicks ... Capt. Stafford
Kirsten Flagstad ... Specialty: the Metropolitan Opera Company
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Storyline

New ocean liner S.S. Gigantic is about to race its rival, the Colossal. Gigantic owner T.F. Bellows sends his brother S.B. on the Colossal, hoping he will cause trouble; delayed by a golf game, S.B. lands on Gigantic instead, and so does his unlucky daughter Martha. Meanwhile, radio emcee Buzz Fielding announces a series of musical acts and tries to juggle fiancée Dorothy and three ex-wives who've come for the ride. Can the Gigantic win against all handicaps? Will true love triumph? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The finest array of entertainment ever offered !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1938 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Broadcast See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Hope's big break in feature films occurred when Jack Benny turned down this role. See more »

Quotes

S.B. Bellows: Meet me down in the bar! We'll drink breakfast together.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Fabulous Musicals (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

THIS LITTLE RIPPLE HAD RHYTHM
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Performed by Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
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first Bob Hope film I ever saw not the best . . .
4 June 2003 | by hofnarrSee all my reviews

This was the first Bob Hope film I'd ever seen, and I saw it on Hope's 100th birthday in Cleveland, Ohio where he'd grown up. Although I liked some of the other 10 films in the Cinematheque tribute, this was probably my least favorite, but it did have its moments . . . and memories. Does anyone else think that Walter Matthau sounds a little like W.c. Fields in this film?


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