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The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 6 October 1936 (USA)
A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of ... See full summary »

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Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Francis Martin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... Jack Carson
George Burns ... Mr. Platt
Gracie Allen ... Mrs. Platt
Bob Burns ... Bob Black
Martha Raye ... Patsy
Shirley Ross ... Gwen Holmes
Ray Milland ... Bob Miller
Frank Forest Frank Forest ... Frank Rossman
Benny Fields Benny Fields ... Benny Fields
Sam Hearn Sam Hearn ... Schlepperman
Stan Kavanaugh Stan Kavanaugh ... Kavvy
Benny Goodman ... Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ... Benny Goodman's Orchestra (as Benny Goodman Orchestra)
Virginia Weidler ... Flower Girl
David Holt ... Train Bearer
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A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of continued operation. An interesting mixture of the stars whose fame continued to grow, those who became bit players in show business history, and those who have been forgotten entirely, except at the Internet Movie Database of course. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den store radioudsendelse 1937 See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over seven hundred Paramount Pictures productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Jack Carson: I'm just a pilgrim on the path of least resistance.
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Connections

Features Allegretto (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Fugue in G minor
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Transcribed by Leopold Stokowski
Performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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Wastes Too Much Talent
6 July 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Despite the talent involved, the movie never really gels. It also wastes too much of that headline talent in an over-crowded plot. For example, Jack Benny is stiffened into what's basically a straight role with too many conventional lines. Too bad that his comedic talents are not put on better display. Then too, George Burns has little to do but trail around after Gracie. Fans know how leeringly witty he could be given the right material. And I guess Benny Goodman's one brief showcase was for marquee value.

Anyhow, the movie largely wastes these folks by trying to crowd too many characters into the 90-minutes. Then too, I thought Bob Burns' running gag as a hick quickly became more tiresome than funny. While Forest's glass-shattering version of La Bomba had me reaching for the mute button. And I guess Stokowski's near noirish classical performance was dropped in to add a little class.

On the other hand, Gracie Allen's scatter-brain is on funny display as the radio station's chief sponsor. While Martha Raye gets to liven things up with an upbeat number near the end. There are such moments of genuine humor, but too often they're eclipsed by aimless comings and goings. In sum, the movie's very much a mixed bag, as other reviewers point out. All in all, considering the cast potential, the movie adds up to an unexpected disappointment.


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