BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, THE (1938)

Leisen, Mitchell (director)

Published by Paramount, 1938
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Vintage original 27 x 41" (68 x 102 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. W. C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Ross, Bob Hope, Lynne Overman, Ben Blue, dir: Mitchell Leisen; Paramount. One of the finest and best remembered of the 1930s musicals, if for no other reason than the introduction, by Ross and Hope (his first feature role), of the classic song "Thanks for the Memory." It won the Academy Award. Martha Raye, who did her own stunts in a raucously entertaining number, was ingeniously cast as W. C. Fields' daughter (in his last film for Paramount). Everyone shone in their musical moments in a story which concerned a race between two ocean liners, from which the new S. S. Gigantic had a big radio broadcast emitting (you see, the turbine engine worked on radio waves is the explanation!). Amongst the numbers broadcast (and lavishly staged), were Kirsten Flagstad performing Wagner in full opera regalia. The radio audience was not able to see the extravagant finale concerning the history of dance, but the film audience could. Direction by Mitchell Leisen lifted the film above the normal musical faire of the period. On linen, NEAR FINE. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, THE (1938)
Publisher: Paramount
Publication Date: 1938
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Near Fine

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Mitchell Leisen (Director), Walter DeLeon, Ken Englund, and Francis Martin (Screenwriters), and Paramount Pictures
Published by Paramount Pictures, No Place (1937)
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Book Description Paramount Pictures, No Place, 1937. Script. Book Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Offered is an early, partial script (see below) for the Paramount Pictures film, "The Big Broadcast of1938" starring, among others, W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, and Bob Hope. (Early, in that in this script, the character of the S.S. Gigantic's owner is George T. Boomer rather than T. Frothingill Bellows [played by W.C. Fields]). Containing 55 loose leaf pages mimeographed on bright white copy paper out of an indeterminate number of rear pages. Each scene is numbered (A-1, A-2, etc.) and each section is headed SEQUENCE "A" (18 pages, complete), SEQUENCE "B" (19 pages, complete), SEQUENCE "C" (7 pages, complete), and SEQUENCE "D" (11 out of an unknown number of pages). With outer blue paper wrappers, indicating THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 (typed, underlined); July 24, 1937. (typed to lower right corner); with light box stamp to upper right corner indicating PARAMOUNT PICTURES, FILE [36122 pen-written], and ENTERED [12/8/37 pen-written]. Signed by screenwriters Francis Martin and Walter DeLeon in black fountain pen to area nearest lower left corner. Condition: as stated above, missing an indeterminate number of pages (55 total pages present, Sequence "D" ends at D-11); the outer blue covers is ragged along the outer fold, closed tear through the signature of Walter DeLeon, and periodic short closed edge tears and small chips along the cover edges. Bookseller Inventory # 010824

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