The Great American Broadcast (1941)

  |  Comedy, Musical, Romance

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After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring ... See full summary »


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Archie Mayo


Don Ettlinger (original screen play), Edwin Blum (original screen play), Robert Ellis (original screen play), Helen Logan (original screen play)

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18 April 2019 | HotToastyRag
| Alice and John together again
Remember Hollywood Cavalcade, the film that showed a tumultuous relationship between Alice Faye and Don Ameche during the transition from silent to talking pictures? If you liked that movie, you'll want to give The Great American Broadcast a chance. It stars Alice Faye and John Payne, so you know there'll be some songs sung by beautiful voices, and it shows their tumultuous relationship during the advent of the radio.

This isn't the best movie in the world, but it is certainly entertaining. There are two good-looking, talented people in the lead roles, and even though Alice gets to sing much more than John does, you still get to hear his singing voice, something he didn't get to show off in his movies very often. Oftentimes, either the romance or the actual plot overshadows the other, but in this movie, both are equally interesting. John is torn between his love for Alice and his desire to explore the power of radio broadcasting, and his pal Jack Oakie provides plenty of support. There are by far more movies made about early Hollywood than early radio, so if you're interested in that part of our history and culture, you can watch this extremely sugar-coated version while basking in a melodramatic romance and listening to lots of songs. And as a bonus, you'll get to see the Nicholas Brothers dance!

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