The Big Broadcast of 1936
Big Broadcast of 1936 is a film broadcaster of plenty of names and considerable entertainment. It hasn't much story, but the lack won't bother much.
Names are in and out as fast and as often as a firefly's tail light. There just isn't time for a 'plot', and probably best that none was attempted. Jack Oakie, Burns and Allen, Lyda Roberti, Wendy Barrie, Henry Wadsworth, C. Henry Gordon and a few others carry on whatever yarn there is and they play it lightly, as required.
You have to look quickly to see such names as Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Ray Noble's band, Amos 'n' Andy, Boland and Ruggles and Bill Robinson. These and other specialty turns are worked into the continuity via a crazy television gag.
Oakie is the slightly bankrupt operator of a small time station and doubles as the outlet's 'great lover'. Oakie does the spieling and his partner (Henry Wadsworth) the crooning. Burns and Allen come in with an ingenious and also nutty television contraption, invented by Gracie's uncle, which can pick up any event and also send. The plot flows in between frequent 'television' specialties, with the telebox the vital prop of the picture.
Paramount. Director Norman Taurog; Producer Benjamin Glazer; Screenplay Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Ralph Spence; Camera Leo Tover
Jack Oakie... Spud Miller
Lyda Roberti... Countess Ysobel de Naigila
Wendy Barrie... Sue
Henry Wadsworth... Smiley
C. Henry Gordon... Gordoni
Benny Baker... Herman
Mary Boland... Mrs. Sealingsworth
Charles Ruggles... Wilbur Sealingsworth
David Holt... Brother
Virginia Weidler... Little Girl in Hospital
Sir Guy Standing... Doctor
Gail Patrick... Nurse
Akim Tamiroff... Boris
Samuel S. Hinds... Captain
Chester Conklin... Sewer Worker
Amos 'n' Andy (Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll)
The Dandridge Sisters
Dot & Dash (Fayard and Harold Nicholas)
Ina Ray Hutton
Ray Noble and His Orchestra
from VARIETY 1935