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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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Storyline

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 »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in 1919, and the years immediately following, all of Alice Faye's clothes and hairstyles are strictly in the 1941 mode, as are also those of Mary Beth Hughes and the other female members of the cast; the musical arrangements of Faye's featured songs are also in the contemporary 1941 style. See more »

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Featured in Biography: The Nicholas Brothers: Flying High (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Little Raindrop, Run
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Alice Faye but not used in the picture
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A Fox musical starring the usual suspects
27 June 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, and Cesar Romero are part of "The Great American Broadcast," a 1941 20th Century Fox musical about the beginning of radio broadcasting. It's complete fiction, of course, but peppered with some wonderful singing by Faye and the Ink Spots, magnificent dancing by the Nicholas Brothers, and some good comedy bits by the Wiere Brothers.

Payne and Oakie play partners in a radio venture, financed by Romero. They're both in love with the pretty Faye. You've seen this plot a million times.

This is worth seeing for the cast. Romero is very elegant as the money man, Chuck, Payne is handsome and sings well, and Oakie is extremely likable. Besides the specialty numbers, there is footage of the Dempsey-Willard fight in 1919.

The older folks will especially love this one.


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