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Telephone Operator (1937)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 7 December 1937 (USA)
A telephone operator covering for a friend's "fling" finds herself in the middle of a major disaster when the city is hit by a big flood and her switchboard is the center of communications.


Scott Pembroke


John W. Krafft (story) (as John Krafft), Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)

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Cast overview:
Judith Allen ... Helen Molly
Grant Withers ... Red
Warren Hymer ... Shorty
Alice White ... Dottie Stengal
Ronnie Cosby ... Ted Molloy (as Ronnie Cosbey)
Pat Flaherty ... Tom Sommers
Greta Granstedt ... Sylvia Sommers
William Haade ... Heaver
Cornelius Keefe ... Pat Campbell
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Molloy


Helen Malloy (Judith Allen), a telephone operator covering for an absent friend, Dottie Stengal (Alice White) finds herself in the middle of a major disaster when the city is hit by a big flood and her switchboard is the center of communications. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A BOLT FROM HELL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelo Telefone See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Friday 5 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Nothing Much Happens Until The End Of The Movie
24 February 2010 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Given this movie's solid rating, it obviously strikes a chord with those who see it, which means that I obviously missed something. Certainly, the movie gives a taste of the importance of telephone communication in the era. As Helen (the Operator) repeatedly spread news of the disaster as she connects with person after person ("the Riverdale dam is out!" over and over again) it reminded me a little bit of a primitive version of Twitter. The technical quality wasn't bad (although the version I saw was, I believe, heavily edited) and the scenes portraying the rising flood waters in town were pretty realistic (although the shots of the bursting of the dam itself seemed less so.) But still - aside from the basic soap opera like story of Helen trying to cover up her boss's wife's affair - the reality is that nothing much of interest (aside from a couple of pretty well staged fight scenes) happens until the last 10- 15 minutes of the movie when the dam finally goes, although in the end one has to appreciate the irony of the three heroes also being the three who got fired earlier in the film. 3/10

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