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The Big Broadcast of 1938 ()


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

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T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows
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Martha Bellows
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Dorothy Wyndham
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Cleo Fielding
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Scoop McPhail
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Buzz Fielding
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Mike
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Bob Hayes (as Leif Erikson)
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Honey Chile
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Grace Fielding
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Turnkey
Lionel Pape ...
Lord Droopy
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Joan Fielding (as Dorothy Howe)
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Capt. Stafford
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Specialty: the Metropolitan Opera Company
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Specialty: Conductor of The Metropolitan Opera Company
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Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ...
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Bandleader
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Louise Allen ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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2nd Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
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Prisoner Playing Harmonica (uncredited)
Muriel Barr ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Passenger (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Radio Operator (uncredited)
Michael Brooke ...
Officer (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ...
3rd Reporter (uncredited)
Marie Burton ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Chaperone (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ...
1st Reporter (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Steward (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Edward Cutler ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
Billy Daniel ...
Page Boy (uncredited)
Sheila Darcy ...
Haughty Girl (uncredited)
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Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Paula DeCardo ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Officer of The S.S. Gigantic (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Du Frane ...
Radio Operator (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Chaperone (uncredited)
Marion Feducha ...
Caddy (uncredited)
Geraldine Fissette ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ...
1st Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Nora Gale ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Helmsman (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ...
Passenger (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)
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Divorcee (uncredited)
Harriette Haddon ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
2nd Reporter (uncredited)
Lou Halmy ...
Musician - Shep Fields Orchestra (uncredited)
Ray Hanford ...
Pilot (uncredited)
Evelyn Harding ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Darlyn Heckley ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
John Huettner ...
Officer (uncredited)
John Jennings ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
Lola Jensen ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
Adelaide Kaye ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eleanor Keaton ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Stanley King ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Ivan (uncredited)
Dee La Nore ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Sailor (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Wally Maher ...
Court Clerk (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eileen McAvoy ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ...
Man Wearing Turban (uncredited)
Beth Meredith ...
Miss 1938 (uncredited)
Ted Meredith ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Millsfield ...
2nd Official (uncredited)
Mavis Mims ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Robert Mitchell ...
Choir Director (uncredited)
Helaine Moler ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Rex Moore ...
Caddy (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ...
Officer (uncredited)
Patricia Murray ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ...
Member of the Black Gang (uncredited)
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Secretary to T.F. Bellows (uncredited)
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Chaperone (uncredited)
Ted O'Shea ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
Eleanor Peterson ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Esther Pressman ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Caddy (uncredited)
Theodore Rand ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
Jolane Reynolds ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Officer (uncredited)
Alma Ross ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bobbie Sheehan ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Katharine Snell ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kenneth Swartz ...
Officer (uncredited)
Charles Teske ...
Adagio Dancer (uncredited)
August Tollaire ...
1st Official (uncredited)
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Steward (uncredited)
Colleen Ward ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy White ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Member of Black Gang (uncredited)
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Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Woman (uncredited)
Ercelle Woods ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bruce Wyndham ...
Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mitchell Leisen
James P. Hogan ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Walter DeLeon ... (screen play) &
Francis Martin ... (screen play) and
Ken Englund ... (screen play)
 
Howard Lindsay ... (based on an adaptation by) and
Russel Crouse ... (based on an adaptation by)
 
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan ... (of a story by)
 
W.C. Fields ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Harlan Thompson ... producer
William LeBaron ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Gordon Jenkins ... (uncredited)
John Leipold ... (uncredited)
George Parrish ... (uncredited)
Victor Young ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Harry Fischbeck ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Chandler House ... (edited by)
Eda Warren ... (edited by)

Casting By

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Robert Mayo ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Hans Dreier
Ernst Fegté

Set Decoration by

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A.E. Freudeman ... (interior decorations)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Hal Lierley ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Merle Reeves ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine ... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Wally Westmore ... key makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joseph C. Youngerman ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Barton Adams ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Anderson ... assistant director (uncredited)
Theodore Reed ... director: Fields' golf and pool sequences (uncredited)

Art Department

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Robert Goodstein ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Oscar Law ... property master (uncredited)
Ray Moyer ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles Althouse ... sound recordist
Don Johnson ... sound recordist
Gene Merritt ... sound recordist
Grant Rymal ... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Ziegler ... boom operator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Francis Burgess ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl Crowell ... gaffer (uncredited)
Walter McCloud ... company grip (uncredited)
Talmadge Morrison ... still photographer (uncredited)
Wallace Nogle ... assistant company grip (uncredited)
Otto Pierce ... camera operator (uncredited)
James Tait ... electrician (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Leon Schlesinger ... cartoon sequence

Casting Department

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Bill Greenwald ... additional casting (uncredited)
Bert McKay ... additional casting (uncredited)
Alice Thomas ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Clayton Brackett ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Location Management

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Norman Lacey ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Arthur Franklin ... musical adviser
Boris Morros ... musical director
Ralph Rainger ... music and lyrics by
Leo Robin ... music and lyrics by

Other crew

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LeRoy Prinz ... dances staged by
Adolph Zukor ... presenter
Teet Carle ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Nesta Charles ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Marie Morris ... production secretary (uncredited)
Isabelle Sullivan ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Paramount follies (Netherlands)
  • Ondas Musicais de 1938 (Brazil)
  • Big Broadcast (Norway)
  • Desafio no Mar (Portugal)
  • Radioparaden 1938 (Sweden)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 5 March 2002 in tandem with College Swing (1938) as part of the Bob Hope Tribute Collection, and again, as a single 30 October 2015 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Fabulous Musicals (1963). See more »
Soundtracks THIS LITTLE RIPPLE HAD RHYTHM See more »
Quotes First reporter: Say, do you know anything about electricity?
S.B. Bellows: My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at State Prison.
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