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The Big Broadcast

80 minutes 1932

Bing Crosby was once bigger than the Beatles, and this 1932 musical comedy from Paramount must have been an inspiration for A Hard Day’s Night—early in the film there's a slapstick sequence of Crosby being mobbed and chased by crazed women, and the ending hangs on whether he'll make the big radio show in time. In between there's a deadly dull stretch in which Crosby and a Texas oil man compete for the same woman and George Burns and Gracie Allen struggle with subpar material as the station manager and his stenographer. But once the show kicks off in the studio, this is delightful, with numbers from the Mills Brothers, the Boswell Sisters, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Frank Tuttle directed.

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