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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

Writers:

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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THE "Greatness" OF THE SCREEN...THE "Magic" OF RADIO - Combined in the Gayest Musical Show of them ALL! (original print ad) 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 »

Company Credits

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

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 »

Connections

Featured in Take It or Leave It (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Ago Last Night
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Alice Faye and chorus
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Fun picture, but typical Fox screenplay!!
1 August 2002 | by trw3332000See all my reviews

For those of us lucky enough to see Turner Classic Movies library of great MGM, Warners and RKO pictures, it comes as a letdown to see comparable 20th Century Fox pictures done with such juvenile plots--and there were many.

The Great American Broadcast is worthwhile to see gorgeous Alice Faye (about the time she married Phil Harris), hear her great songs, see the incomparable Ink Spots, Weire Brothers and Nicholas Brothers! Also performing well in restrained character for a change is Jack Oakie.

The backdrop of early radio is interesting, but the plot was so bad I had to turn away for a while--like broadcasting from a building rooftop from a tent in a thunderstorm(early AM low power radio would never reach far with all that lightning and static), also preposterous that John Payne would leave his beautiful new bride Alice Faye and run away to south america....only to have Jack Oakie beat him up to get him to look at her in the end....ha!!

Thanks to the Fox Classic Movie Channel for providing a beautiful print, enjoy it just the same.


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