The Big Broadcast


1h 18m 1932

Brief Synopsis

The manager at a local radio station puts on a singer (Bing Crosby) who is immediately a hit with his listeners. The problem is that the young singer doesn't seen to be too serious-minded about his career, which becomes a matter of concern for the station management.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 14, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Wild Waves by William Ford Manley (New York, 19 Feb 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Singer Bing Crosby's chronic tardiness, which is the result of his affair with the notorious Mona Lowe, endangers the financial well-being of station WADX. After Mona jilts Crosby, the despondent singer meets Texas oil man Leslie McWhinney, who has also been wronged by a woman. The two make a suicide pact that is foiled by Anita Rogers, station manager George Burns's assistant, who is in love with Crosby and was formerly engaged to McWhinney. Burns, who is plagued by the addled conversation of his stenographer, Gracie Allen, loses the radio station, which McWhinney buys for the sake of Crosby and Anita. Mona's return endangers the budding romance of Crosby and Anita as well as the station's upcoming big broadcast. Despite his efforts to secure a phonograph record to replace the absent Crosby, McWhinney must impersonate Crosby on the air until the singer returns and takes the microphone in mid-song. Crosby, who actually has been feigning irresponsibility to bring McWhinney and Anita together, succeeds both in reuniting the former lovers and in taming Mona.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 14, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Wild Waves by William Ford Manley (New York, 19 Feb 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Excerpts from this film were shot at the Eastern Service Studios in New York, formerly Paramount's Astoria Studios, where, according to press material in copyright records, sets and props were duplicated exactly to match those at Paramount's Hollywood studios. According to the Variety review, Paramount financed the stage production of Wild Waves in order to secure the screen rights to the story. The review also states that the radio announcers featured in the film-"unbilled but heralded by placards in the footage"-were actual announcers for the radio personalities featured in the film: Norman Brokenshire for the Boswell Sisters, William Brenton for Kate Smith, James Wallington for Cab Calloway and Vincent Lopez, and Don Ball for the Mills Brothers. Bing Crosby's character is called "Bing Hornsby" in all reviews and modern sources and in the copyright records, although in the film, he is referred to by his own name. According to Hollywood Reporter, Donald Novis' role was initially cut from the film, but was later re-inserted before the film's release when Novis became a popular radio singer. According to press material found in copyright records, Charles Carver, who was a character voice for Fleisher's screen cartoons, made a cameo appearance in this film as the bass voice in Kate Smith's theme song, "And You Were Mine." Calloway's number "Kicking That Gong Around" refers explicitly to drug addiction. This film was the first in a series of four "Big Broadcast" films which Paramount made in the 1930s that included lavishly staged music and dance numbers and featured famous radio personalities. George Burns and Gracie Allen also appear in The Big Broadcast of 1936 and The Big Broadcast of 1937. Bing Crosby also appears in The Big Broadcast of 1936.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1932

Released in United States March 1977

Released in United States March 1977 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (The Mighty Musical Movie Marathon) March 9-27, 1977.)

Released in United States 1932