The Big Broadcast of 1938

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Paramount's final "Big Broadcast" musical had perhaps the least exciting musical lineup of the series (Tito Guizar, The Shep Fields Orchestra, and opera singer Kirsten Flagstad are hardly household names today), but a slightly stronger storyline than the others, as well as a top-notch comic cast. This time out, most of the action takes place as sea, as S.B. Bellows (W.C. Fields) shows off his new invention: an ocean liner that can turn radio signals into electricity and part the waves at 100 miles per hour. He challenges another ship to a race while a number of music and comedy acts appear in the ship's showroom. Along with Fields, who performs several classic pool and golf routines, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, and Ben Blue add to the laughs; Bob Hope made his feature debut here, and he even sings his future theme song, "Thanks for the Memories".


W.C. Fields
as T. Frothingill Bellows/S.B. Bellows
Dorothy Lamour
as Dorothy Wyndham
Martha Raye
as Martha Bellows
Bob Hope
as Buzz Fielding
Shirley Ross
as Cleo Fielding
Russell Hicks
as Capt. Stafford
Virginia Vale
as Joan Fielding
Lionel Pape
as Lord Droopy
Patricia Wilder
as Honey Chile
Rufe Davis
as Turnkey
Grace Bradley
as Grace Fielding
Lynne Overman
as Scoop McPhail
Leif Erickson
as Bob Hayes
Tito Guízar
as Himself
Shep Fields
as Himself
Robert (Tex) Allen
as 1st gas station man
Irving Bacon
as Prisoner with harmonica
Don Brodie
as Radio operator
James P. Burtis
as Third reporter
Jimmy Conlin
as First reporter
James Craig
as Steward
Jerry Fletcher
as 2nd gas station man
Bud Geary
as Helmsman
Adrian Booth
as Divorcee
Sherry Hall
as Second reporter
Jack Hubbard
as Officer
Wally Maher
as Court clerk
Rex Moore
as Caddy
Clive Morgan
as Officer
Edgar Norton
as Bellows' secretary
Sheila Darcy
as Haughty Girl
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