Gift of Gab


1h 10m 1934

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 24, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

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

Synopsis

Philip "Gift of Gab" Gabney has talked himself in and out of various jobs throughout his life. He manages to sell himself as master of ceremonies on Colonel Horatius Trivers' radio program even though Norton, the president of the station, is not enthusiastic about him. Barbara Kelton, program director, helps him with his script, and Gabney's broadcast, with many radio and film stars, is a big success. Patsy, Gabney's friend, boosts his popularity by calling the studio many times using different voices to praise his work. Success goes directly to Gabney's head. When he is banned from a broadcasting a college football game because of a quarrel with the alumni president, he sneaks in with the help of radio announcer Graham McNamee and broadcasts the game from the stands using a lapel microphone. Finding himself late for a broadcast at Curtis Field, where a British flier is scheduled to land, he fakes the broadcast from the studio, only to learn that the flyer was killed in a crash twenty minutes earlier. This miscalculation ruins his career until Barbara, who is in love with him, sends him to report on a train crash in an inaccessible area. When the pilot refuses to fly low enough for Gabney to see the wreck, he bails out and lands at the scene. Broadcasting conditions from a portable radio, Gabney regains his national popularity. He rewards Barbara's faithfulness by marrying her on the air.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 24, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

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

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Trivia

Notes

The above plot and credits were taken from a studio cutting continuity and contemporary sources. The radio program within the film features music by Ruth Etting, Gene Austin, Helen Vinson, Gus Arnheim and his orchestra, the Beale Street Boys and a dramatic sketch with Bela Lugosi, Binnie Barnes, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Chester Morris, Douglas Fowley, June Knight and Paul Lukas. A news item in Daily Variety notes that writers and radio personalities Sidney Skolsky, Edwin Shallert, Jerry Hoffman, Rian James and Jimmy Starr also appeared in the radio broadcast scene but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Although Phil Baker is credited in the cutting continuity, he was eliminated from the film according to Daily Variety.