The Big Broadcast of 1937
|The Big Broadcast of 1937|
|Directed by||Mitchell Leisen|
|Produced by||Lewis E. Gensler|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Big Broadcast of 1937 is a 1936 Paramount Pictures production directed by Mitchell Leisen, and is the third in the series of Big Broadcast movies. The musical comedy stars Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Ray Milland, Benny Fields, Frank Forest and the orchestra of Benny Goodman (featuring Gene Krupa). Uncredited roles include Jack Mulhall. The version shown in British cinemas also included clips featuring Richard Tauber and the Vienna Boys Choir, not in the original American version.
German animator Oskar Fischinger was hired to create an animation sequence in Technicolor. However, when Paramount changed the production to black-and-white only, Fischinger's original abstract animation design was changed to a hybrid animation and live-action sequence showing consumer products emanating from a broadcasting tower, to the song "Radio Dynamics" by Ralph Rainger.
- Jack Benny as Jack Carson
- George Burns as Mr. Platt
- Gracie Allen as Mrs. Platt
- Bob Burns as Bob Black
- Martha Raye as Patsy
- Shirley Ross Gwen Holmes
- Ray Milland as Bob Miller
Leonard Maltin described it as an "almost unbearable musical", that "manages to waste the talent of its formidable cast", giving it 1½ out of 4 stars.
Films in series
- IMDB entry for the film
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