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Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round(1934)

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Reliance Pictures changed the film's title from Transatlantic Showboat to accommodate Universal Pictures, whose remake of Show Boat was originally scheduled for production at the same time as this film's release. Motion Picture Daily incorrectly reviewed the film as Transcontinental Merry-Go-Round. Mitzi Green impersonates a singing George Arliss during one of the film's musical interludes. Jean Sargent, the Boswell Sisters (Connee, Helvetia and Martha) and Frank Parker were popular radio performers. Parker, who made his screen debut in this production, performed with Jack Benny on his various radio shows. At the time of the film's release, Benny, who had just been voted radio's favorite radio comedian, was working for General Foods on NBC's "Jell-O Program." Writer Harry W. Conn, who was credited in many reviews with the "comedy dialogue," also wrote for Benny on his radio show. According to a Hollywood Reporter production chart, Wallis Clark and Esther Howard were in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. News items deposited with the copyright records list Harry M. Goetz as a co-producer, but no other source mentions him. Modern sources state that the Grand Hotel parody performed in this film, in which Nancy Carroll impersonates Greta Garbo and Jack Benny imitates John Barrymore, was first done in 1932 on Benny's "Canada Dry" show.