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The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner, with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Directors:

Mitchell Leisen, James P. Hogan (uncredited)

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screen play), Francis Martin (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
W.C. Fields ... T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows
Martha Raye ... Martha Bellows
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Wyndham
Shirley Ross ... Cleo Fielding
Lynne Overman ... Scoop McPhail
Bob Hope ... Buzz Fielding
Ben Blue ... Mike
Leif Erickson ... Bob Hayes (as Leif Erikson)
Patricia Wilder ... Honey Chile
Grace Bradley ... Grace Fielding
Rufe Davis ... Turnkey
Lionel Pape ... Lord Droopy
Virginia Vale ... Joan Fielding (as Dorothy Howe)
Russell Hicks ... Capt. Stafford
Kirsten Flagstad ... Specialty: the Metropolitan Opera Company
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Storyline

New ocean liner S.S. Gigantic is about to race its rival, the Colossal. Gigantic owner T.F. Bellows sends his brother S.B. on the Colossal, hoping he will cause trouble; delayed by a golf game, S.B. lands on Gigantic instead, and so does his unlucky daughter Martha. Meanwhile, radio emcee Buzz Fielding announces a series of musical acts and tries to juggle fiancée Dorothy and three ex-wives who've come for the ride. Can the Gigantic win against all handicaps? Will true love triumph? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The finest array of entertainment ever offered !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1938 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Broadcast See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As soon as S. B. Bellows hears the voices of the survivors of the sunken Hesperus over the shortwave radio, he exclaims "My brother Jacques!" and "My daughter's own voice!" However, in the credits that chacater's name is shown as Scoop McPhail, not Jacques Bellows. This is just as well, since if he was the brother of S. B. Bellows, Martha Bellows would be guilty of pursuing her uncle. See more »

Quotes

Grace Fielding: Oh, I'm so sorry, Mr. Bellows. I didn't recognize you in this bad light.
S.B. Bellows: Ah, everybody seems to see me in a bad light.
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Connections

Referenced in Dinah!: Bob Hope: The Road to Hollywood (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY HEART
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics Leo Robin
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
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Thoroughly enjoyable;full of stars of the thirties. Logical story line.
1 August 2004 | by wmooresSee all my reviews

Lots of mainly young and beautiful stars of the thirties appear in this movie. Dorothy Lamour and Shirley Ross are knockouts with the zany Martha Raye as a comic foil. This is a great movie for black and white buffs.

Some classic scenes in this movie:

W. C. Fields in his best golf playing scenes ever.

Martha Raye hugging and puffing with her big mouth against a sail to keep a life raft sailing toward a big ocean liner.

Kirsten Flagstad from the Metropolitan opera delivering a Wagner aria.

But the piece de resistance is Shirley and Bob singing what would later become Bob Hope's Theme song, "Thanks for the Memory."

Although not listed in the cast, I saw Lucille Ball, probably with the most lines of any of her thirties' movies.


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