The Big Broadcast of 1937

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Musical
  • Release year: 1936
  • Running time: 100 min
The Big Broadcast of 1937 is a 1936 Paramount Pictures production directed by Mitchell Leisen, and is the third in the series of Big Broadcast movies. The musical comedy stars Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley... read more

The Big Broadcast of 1937 is a 1936 Paramount Pictures production directed by Mitchell Leisen, and is the third in the series of Big Broadcast movies. The musical comedy stars Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Ray Milland, Benny Fields, Frank Forest and the orchestra of Benny Goodman (featuring Gene Krupa). Uncredited roles include Jack Mulhall. The version shown in British cinemas also included clips featuring Richard Tauber and the Vienna Boys Choir, not in the original American version. German animator Oskar Fischinger was hired to create an animation sequence in Technicolor. However, when Paramount changed the production to black-and-white only, Fischinger's original abstract animation design was changed to a hybrid animation and live-action sequence showing consumer products emanating from a broadcasting tower, to the song "Radio Dynamics" by Ralph Rainger. It has yet to receive a DVD or VHS issue.

Original Release

10/06/1936

Cast

Jack Benny Jack Carson
George Burns Mr. Platt
Gracie Allen Mrs. Platt
Bob Burns Bob Black
Martha Raye Patsy
Shirley Ross Gwen Holmes
Ray Milland Bob Miller
Frank Forest Frank Rossman
Benny Fields Benny Fields
Sam Hearn Schlepperman
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mitchell Leisen

Writers

Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin, Erwin Gelsey, Arthur Kober, Barry Trivers, Lewis E. Gensler

Cast

Jack Benny Jack Carson
George Burns Mr. Platt
Gracie Allen Mrs. Platt
Bob Burns Bob Black
Martha Raye Patsy
Shirley Ross Gwen Holmes
Ray Milland Bob Miller
Frank Forest Frank Rossman
Benny Fields Benny Fields
Sam Hearn Schlepperman
Stan Kavanaugh Kavvy
Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
Virginia Weidler Flower Girl
David Holt Train Bearer
Gene Krupa Band Drummer
Leopold Stokowski Leopold Stokowski
Billy Bletcher Property Man
Frank Jenks Trombone Player
Nora Cecil Home Economics Woman
Ellen Drew Telephone Girl (as Terry Ray)

Producers

Editors

Stuart Heisler

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