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The Big Broadcast (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 October 1932 (USA)
A radio-singer, Bing Hornsby, is none-too-concerned about his job, and an affair with Mona leads to his dismissal. When it appears Hornsby is getting and paying a lot of attention to his ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

William Ford Manley (play), George Marion Jr. (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Bing Hornsby
Stuart Erwin ... Leslie McWhinney
Leila Hyams ... Anita Rogers
Sharon Lynn ... Mona
George Burns ... George
Gracie Allen ... Gracie (as Grace Allen)
George Barbier ... Clapsaddle
Ralph Robertson Ralph Robertson ... Announcer
Alex Melesh Alex Melesh ... Animal Man
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Office Boy
Anna Chandler Anna Chandler ... Mrs. Cohen
Thomas Carrigan ... Officer
Donald Mills ... Donald Mills (as The Mills Brothers)
Harry Mills ... Harry Mills (as The Mills Brothers)
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Herbert Mills (as The Mills Brothers)
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Storyline

A radio-singer, Bing Hornsby, is none-too-concerned about his job, and an affair with Mona leads to his dismissal. When it appears Hornsby is getting and paying a lot of attention to his fiancée, Anita Rogers, station manager Leslie McWhinney buys the station, gives Hornsby his job back, and goes on a honeymoon with Anita. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crooners See more »

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Production Co:

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

Film debut of Leonid Kinskey. See more »

Crazy Credits

Film opens with loudspeakers, then segues to lobby cards depicting several of the featured stars "Live". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Odd Couple: The Big Broadcast (1974) See more »

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Performed by Cab Calloway (as The Cab Calloway Orchestra)
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The Big Broadcast marked the big break in the movies for Bing Crosby
5 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I first watched this movie 32 years ago when I moved to Jacksonville, FL, at 19 and was watching lots of afternoon TV during days I was looking for a job living at an aunt's house. This was Bing Crosby's big break in the movies having previously appeared In shorts and cameoed in other features. Also appearing are the comedy team of George Burns & Gracie Allen with Gracie's logic only making sense to Burns! Also, some of the most popular music stars of the time like Kate Smith, Donald Novis, Arthur Tracy, Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, the Boswell Sisters who came from New Orleans which is a two-hour drive from where I now live in Baton Rouge, the Mills Brothers who perform "Tiger Rag" which is the theme song for my hometown's beloved LSU Tigers football team, and Cab Calloway and His Orchestra being his own crazy, hip self. In fact, he appears at the beginning as well! Director Frank Tuttle employs some great visual comedy whether through some silent comedy scenes or with some cartoonish effects with inanimate objects. There's even some surrealistic touches during a suicide attempt that's played for laughs. Stuart Erwin makes a good foil for Crosby. Leila Hyams is a fine leading lady, and Sharon Lynn is amusing as the lady that initially jilted Crosby. By the way, I mainly think of her as Lola from Way Out West, my favorite Laurel & Hardy movie. So on that note, I recommend The Big Broadcast.


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