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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.



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

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Cast overview:
... Helen Molly
... Red
... Shorty
... Dottie Stengal
... Ted Molloy (as Ronnie Cosbey)
... Tom Sommers
... Sylvia Sommers
... Heaver
... Pat Campbell
... 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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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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Release Date:

7 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pelo Telefone  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Judith stays at her post
30 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This potboiler B film from Monogram is a salute to that unsung group of heroines, the telephone switchboard operators. And for a product coming from Monogram Pictures this thing was a piece of cinematic art.

Grant Withers and Warren Hymer are a pair of telephone linemen who arrive in town on a new assignment and find romance with switchboard operators Judith Allen and Alice White. It's a bit of rough going with Withers and Allen and even rougher going with Withers and new boss Pat Flaherty.

And Flaherty has his own problems with a young wife out stepping with the engineer in charge of the local dam Cornelius Keefe. For reasons only explained that Flaherty is such a nice guy all of them try to protect him from the scandal and all of them get in trouble because of it.

Everyone's problems gets washed away when Keefe's dam bursts in a flood. At that point Allen and White are a pair of heroines keeping the switchboard open as a center of communication as the flood waters rise.

For a Monogram Picture the editing of newsreel flood footage into the film is nicely done as that studio did not have a true special effects department. In fact it will stand up to several of the major studios in terms of how good it was.

Not a bad B picture and for Monogram it was great art.

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