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The Great American Broadcast (1941)

The Great American Broadcast





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On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of commercial radio, 20th Century-Fox cooked up the pageantlike entertainment The Great American Broadcast. Opening with clips of such airwaves favorites as Dick Powell and Fred Allen (courtesy of earlier Fox films like Thanks a Million), the picture gets under way in 1918, as ambitious army buddies Bix Martin (John Payne) and Chuck Hadley (Jack Oakie) try and fail to establish themselves in the business world. At long last, our heroes enter the new field of radio broadcasting, where after several technical and tactical mishaps they achieve success. But Bix and Chuck are strictly small-timers, and soon they're left behind by the big-city stations. The partners break up, while Bix's songstress wife Vicki Adams (Alice Faye) seeks out a loan to get her husband back on his financial feet. When she approaches her wealthy ex-boyfriend Bruce Chadwick (Cesar Romero), Bix burns up and walks out on her. But old pal Chuck comes to the rescue, staging a reunion between Bix and Vicki during the first-ever coast to coast network broadcast. Rather shaky as history, The Great American Broadcast works best on a nostalgia level, offering guest appearances by such specialty performers as The Ink Spots, The Nicholas Brothers, and The Wiere Brothers (of Road to Rio fame).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Ellis, Edwin Blum, Helen Logan, Don Ettlinger
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On DVD: Oct 7, 2008
Twentieth Century Fox Film Cor


Alice Faye
as Vicki Adams
Jack Oakie
as Chuck Hadley
John Payne
as Rix Martin
Cesar Romero
as Bruce Chadwick
Four Ink Spots
as Specialty
Wiere Brothers
as Specialty
Eula Morgan
as Mme. Rinaldi
Lucien Littlefield
as Justice of the Peace
Eddie Conrad
as Conductor
Gary Breckner
as Announcer
M.J. Frankovich
as Announcer
John Hiestand
as Announcer
Sid Saylor
as Brakeman
Syd Saylor
as Brakeman
Eddie Kane
as Headwaiter
William Halligan
as Mr. Porter
Frank Orth
as Counterman
Dorothy Dearing
as Bruce's Girl Friend
Arno Frey
as Waiter
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

It barely works, plot-wise, although the chemistry of the three leads is so sharp that we grant the story much forgiveness.

Full Review… | November 13, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Great American Broadcast


Some fine singing by Alice and some quality performances by specialty acts plus a good contribution from Jack Oakie make this pleasant enough but it remans a minor musical.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Very entertaining musical with a terrific cast and some very memorable musical numbers. Fine production, grerat score and a lot of talent.

James Higgins

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