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The Loudspeaker (1934)

A young man from a small town heads to New York, determined to become a radio star. He achieves his goal but in the process alienates those around him.


Joseph Santley


Albert DeMond (screenplay) (as Albert De Mond), Ralph Spence (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Ray Walker ... Joe Miller
Julie Bishop ... Janet Melrose (as Jacqueline Wells)
Charley Grapewin ... Pop Calloway
Noel Francis ... Dolly
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... George Green
Spencer Charters ... Burroughs
Larry Wheat ... Thomas
Mary Carr ... Grandma
Ruth Romaine Ruth Romaine ... Amy Witherspoon
Billy Irvine Billy Irvine ... Caleb Hawkins
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Silverman, Broadway producer
Wilbur Mack ... Walker
Sherwood Bailey Sherwood Bailey ... Ignatz
The Brownies Trio The Brownies Trio ... Vocal Ensemble


A young man from a small town heads to New York, determined to become a radio star. He achieves his goal but in the process alienates those around him.

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new york city | radio | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

1 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Alto-Falante See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Tuesday 9 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


[repeated line]
Joe Miller: Hello, my lucky public!
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Who But You
by Harry Akst and Lew Brown
Performed by Jacqueline Wells (dubbed)
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The Joe Miller Joke Book
25 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ray Walker plays Joe Miller, the town wit of a small town. He's got ambition. He wants to be a radio star. When the girl he wants to marry gets together with another man, he heads off to New York, where he fast-talks his way into a rising career. The problem is he has a swelled head, so as he tries to help and pursue Julie Bishop (still credited as Jacqueline Wells), he alienates the people around him.

It's a common enough show-biz plot and Ray Walker and Miss Bishop try their hardest (with a nice small role for Charley Grapewin), but it's fairly thin. Walker's comedy is of the word-play and "Ain't I funny?" variety; while it's certainly better than the show it replaces, it's not particularly amusing .... although the competing shows he mentions are of exactly the same variety. A couple of songs by Harry Akst and Lew Brown enliven the proceedings, but this cheap Monogram programmer, while decent, doesn't particularly appeal, largely because of the unappealing way Walker's role is written and performed.

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