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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)




Cast overview:
Judith Allen ... Helen Molloy
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 (as Dorothy Vaughn)
Walter McGrail
Ethel Jackson Ethel Jackson
Mildred Gover Mildred Gover ... Lydia


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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Suddenly...disaster struck at the happiness of these two lovers...as raging flood waters swept them into the dark terror of the night! See more »


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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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Linemen Dating Telephone Girls
21 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Grant Withers and Warren Hymer are two tough line men for the company. They come to Riverdale, where they set their sights on operators Judith Allen and Alice White.

Given director Scott Pembroke's grounding in comedy -- he was the director of Stan Laurel's burlesques of big hits, like RUPERT OF HEEHAW and DOCTOR PYCKLE AND MISTER PRYDE, you'd think the comedy bits in this early Monogram would be better; well, Miss White is pretty good, but the other actors are rather lugubrious. Until the big finale, it's all tough guys in leather jackets and fedoras pounding on each other, and slow-and-steady progress in the romantic plots.

The big set piece is the flood, and that's handled using stock footage of floods and ranks of telephone operators standing at their boards, while voice-overs tell people "There's a flood. Tell your neighbors." Oh, so that's why the third floor of my house is underwater?

Actually it's a decent movie until that repeated voice-over. Not bad for a Poverty Row Second Feature. Withers is typically fine. t's just that the finale goes on too long.

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Release Date:

7 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Telephone Operator See more »

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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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