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The Great American Broadcast (1941)

After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring ... See full summary »

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Archie Mayo

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Don Ettlinger (original screen play), Edwin Blum (original screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Vicki Adams
Jack Oakie ... Chuck Hadley
John Payne ... Rix Martin
Cesar Romero ... Bruce Chadwick
James Newill ... Singer
Charles Fuqua Charles Fuqua ... Song Specialty
The Ink Spots The Ink Spots ... The Four Ink Spots (as The Four Ink Spots)
Hoppy Jones Hoppy Jones ... Song Specialty
Bill Kenny Bill Kenny ... Ink Spots Member
Deek Watson Deek Watson ... Song Specialty
The Nicholas Brothers ... Dancers (as Nicholas Brothers)
Fayard Nicholas ... Railroad Station Dance Specialty (as The Nicholas Brothers)
Harold Nicholas ... Railroad Station Dance Specialty (as The Nicholas Brothers)
The Wiere Brothers The Wiere Brothers ... Dancers (as Wiere Brothers)
Mary Beth Hughes ... Secretary
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After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A TRIUMPHAL CAVALCADE OF AMERICAN RADIO! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Addio Broadway! See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Original 1919 Jess Willard-Jack Dempsey fight film footage used. See more »

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When Rix Martin (John Payne) first sees the radio equipment Chuck Hadley (Jack Oakie) has set up in his room, he thinks it's a still for making bootleg liquor. But the scene takes place in early 1919, before Prohibition had taken effect. See more »

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Referenced in The Nicholas Brothers: We Sing and We Dance (1992) See more »

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
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Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played at the end of the opening credits
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Routine Plot, but has some good musical numbers
5 January 2006 | by sryder-1See all my reviews

During the first twenty minutes or so there is actually some loose correspondence between the actual early history of radio and the history as presented here: the broadcast of a heavyweight prize fight, the proposal to broadcast a national political convention, the commercial link between the development of broadcasting and the sale of radios for home entertainment; and also the way national broadcasts began. The opening sequence before the title would have caught the attention of film goers in the forties, with brief clips of jack Benny, Fred Allen, Kate smith, Walter Winchell and other radio stars. Unfortunately, the origin and evolution of radio broadcasting becomes merely the background for a clichéd romance. However, there are some entertaining musical moments along the way. Jack Oakie stands out from the rest of the cast because of his energy, while Alice Faye, a favorite of mine from the 1930s, sings well, but seems mostly tired, except when she and Oakie are performing a song and dance number together. John Payne, Fox's back-up leading man (after Tyrone Power, who had moved on to major dramatic roles by this time), always does his job in a professional, though bland, manner. The Nicholas Brothers always impress. 20th Century Fox seemed to find some way of working them into most of the 1940s musicals. On the other hand, the Wiere Brothers are truly tiresome, supposedly performing over the radio an act that has to be seen to be enjoyed (or not, in this case). This review may sound more negative than I intended. In fact, most viewers will enjoy this hour and a half for what it is.


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