The Big Broadcast of 1936

  • Paramount, 1935, B/W, 97 minutes
  • Released September, 1935

Jack Oakie manages a shoestring budget radio station, and does a spot on television to help make ends meet. He is kidnapped by a rich countess, but Gracie Allen has an idea for saving him. Crazy antics, and lots of fun skits and vaudeville routines.

Details

  • Producer: Benjamin Glazer
  • Director: Norman Taurog
  • Screenplay: Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin and Ralph Spence
  • Music Director: Nathaniel Finston
  • Song Score: various
  • Choreography: LeRoy Prinz
  • Art Directors: Hans Dreier and Robert Usher
  • Special Effects: Farciot Edouart and Gordon Jennings
  • Cinematography: Leo Tover
  • Film Editing: Ellsworth Hoagland

Cast

  • Jack Oakie [Spud]
  • George Burns [George]
  • Gracie Allen [Gracie]
  • Harold Nicholas [Dot]
  • Fayard Nicholas [Dash]
  • Akim Tamiroff [Boris]
  • Wendy Barrie [Sue]
  • Lyda Roberti [Countess Ysobel de Narglia]
  • Samuel S. Hinds [Captain]
  • Henry Wadsworth [Smiley]
  • Benny Baker [Herman]
  • C. Henry Gordon [Gordonio]
  • Arthur Aylesworth [Radio Station Creditor]
  • Bing Crosby
  • Ethel Merman
  • Ina Ray Hutton’s Band
  • Mary Boland
  • Charlie Ruggles
  • Amos ‘n’ Andy
  • Bill Robinson
  • Guy Standing
  • Ray Noble and His Orchestra
  • Willie West and McGinty
  • The Vienna Boys Choir
  • Gail Patrick
  • David Holt
  • Virginia Weidler [Themselves]

Musical Program

  • Double Trouble (Jack Oakie, Lydia Roberti, Henry Wadsworth and Chorus)
  • I Wished on the Moon (Bing Crosby)
  • It’s the Animal in Me (Ethel Merman)
  • Why Dream (Kenny Baker dubbing for Henry Wadsworth)
  • Miss Brown to You (danced by Bill Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers)
  • Amargura (Carlos Gardel)
  • Apure delantero buey (Carlos Gardel)
  • Melody in F (sung by Richard Tauber)
  • Through the Doorway of Dreams (Lyda Roberti)
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods (the Vienna Boys Choir)