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Directed by Frank Tuttle

United States 1932 80 mins.

In 1932 Paramount rounded up an impressive roster of radio personalities and threw them into this lightly plotted story about a radio station managed by George Burns (with partner Gracie as his logic-bending stenographer), bankrolled by an eccentric Texan (Stuart Erwin), and headlined by chronically tardy crooner “Bing Hornsby” (Bing Crosby, in his first starring role). The guest stars include the classy African American quartet The Mills Brothers harmonizing to “Tiger Rag,” patriotic powerhouse Kate Smith warbling “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain,” and Harlem hipsters Cab Calloway and His Orchestra belting out a raucous rendition of “Kickin’ the Gong Around,” complete with simulated coke-snorting. “Playful, exuberant, and zany to the max.”— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

Preservation funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute and Universal Pictures.

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