The Great American Broadcast

The Great American Broadcast

DVD - 2008
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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 everyone back together

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 01, 2016

VERY GOOD 1941 musical comedy pseudo history of rise of coast to coast American entertainment radio set in 1919. It did make me appreciate how hearing the same 'stuff' helped culturally unite the country.
Somewhat odd that in a movie celebrating radio, many of the film sequences have visual content/context that wouldn't have been part of radio. The Ink Spots and Nicholas Brothers do great song/dance sequences, but dancing didn't get national distribution until film/television came along a bit later. Another part of the evolution was change from broadcast to wire.
Movie also included newsreel footage (accompanied by radio commentary) of Willard/Dempsey heavyweight championship fight; sports broadcasting helped unite American culture in somewhat the same way as music, both are entertainment!
Fun plot line with excellent characters played by lovely Alice Faye, handsome John Payne, comic Jack Oakie, and Cesar Romero.

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