The Big Broadcast of 1937

The Big Broadcast of 1937 is a 1936 Paramount Pictures production directed by Mitchell Leisen, and is the third in the series of Big Broadcast movies. The musical comedy stars Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Ray Milland, Benny Fields, Frank Forest and the orchestra of Benny Goodman (featuring Gene Krupa). It was in this film that Leopold Stokowski made his movie debut conducting two of his Bach transcriptions. Uncredited roles include Jack Mulhall.

The Big Broadcast of 1937
Directed byMitchell Leisen
Produced byLewis E. Gensler
StarringJack Benny
George Burns
Gracie Allen
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 6, 1936 (1936-10-06)
CountryUnited States

German animator Oskar Fischinger was hired to create an animation sequence in Technicolor. However, when Paramount changed the production to black-and-white only, Fischinger's original abstract animation design was changed to a hybrid animation and live-action sequence showing consumer products emanating from a broadcasting tower, to the song "Radio Dynamics" by Ralph Rainger.[1]

It has yet to receive a DVD or VHS issue.



Leonard Maltin described it as an "almost unbearable musical", that "manages to waste the talent of its formidable cast", giving it 1½ out of 4 stars.

Films in series


  1. IMDb entry for the film
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