The Big Broadcast of 1938

The Big Broadcast of 1938

W.C. Fields
Director: Mitchell Leisen Cast: W.C. Fields
W.C. Fields
, Martha Raye
Martha Raye
, Dorothy Lamour
Dorothy Lamour
Mitchell Leisen


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Paramount's final "Big Broadcast" musical had perhaps the least exciting musical lineup of the series (Tito Guizar, The Shep Fields Orchestra, and opera singer Kirsten Flagstad are hardly household names today), but a slightly stronger storyline than the others, as well as a top-notch comic cast. This time out, most of the action takes place as sea, as S.B. Bellows (W.C. Fields) shows off his new invention: an ocean liner that can turn radio signals into electricity and part the waves at 100 miles per hour. He challenges another ship to a race while a number of music and comedy acts appear in the ship's showroom. Along with Fields, who performs several classic pool and golf routines, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, and Ben Blue add to the laughs; Bob Hope made his feature debut here, and he even sings his future theme song, "Thanks for the Memories."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0025192317675
Original Release: 1937
Source: Universal
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 34,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
W.C. Fields S.B. Bellows/T. Frothingill Bellows
Martha Raye Martha Bellows
Dorothy Lamour Dorothy Wyndham
Shirley Ross Cleo Fielding
Lynne Overman Scoop McPhail
Bob Hope Buzz Fielding
Ben Blue Mike
Russell Hicks Capt. Stafford
Grace Bradley Grace Fielding
Rufe Davis Turnkey
Lionel Pape Lord Droopy
Leonid Kinskey Ivan
Patricia Wilder Honey Chile
Kirsten Flagstad Herself
Leif Erickson Bob Hayes
Virginia Vale Joan Fielding
Tito Guizar Himself
Shep Fields Himself
Robert Allen 1st gas station man
Gertrude Astor Woman
Irving Bacon Prisoner with harmonica
Monte Blue Actor
Don Brodie Radio operator
Michael Brooke Officer
James P. Burtis Third reporter
Ethel Clayton Woman
Jimmy Conlin First reporter
James Craig Steward
Nell Craig Woman
Richard Denning Officer
Jerry Fletcher 2nd gas station man
Bud Geary Helmsman
Lorna Gray Divorcee
Sherry Hall Second reporter
Carol Holloway Woman
Jack Hubbard Officer
Harry Lauter Seaman
Mary MacLaren Woman
Wally Maher Court clerk
Don Marion Caddy
Lal Chand Mehra Bit
Rex Moore Caddy
Clive Morgan Officer
Edgar Norton Bellows' secretary
Bernard Punsly Caddy
Archie Twitchell Steward
Florence Wix Woman
Sheila D'Arcy Haughty Girl
Dorothy White Actor

Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director
Russel Crouse Screenwriter
Walter de Leon Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ken Englund Screenwriter
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Harry A. Fischbeck Cinematographer
Tito Guizar Songwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Chandler House Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Howard Lindsay Screenwriter
Francis Martin Screenwriter
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Ralph Rainger Score Composer,Songwriter
Leo Robin Score Composer,Songwriter
Leon Schlesinger Animator
Harlan Thompson Producer
Edna Warren Editor

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