The New Pictures, May 19, 1941

The Great American Broadcast (20th Century-Fox) is Darryl Zanuck's conception of how radio broadcasting was born. According to his version, it was sired by Jack Oakie in a thunderstorm on the roof of an abandoned sausage factory on the Jersey flats, with an assist from a barnstorming aviator (John Payne) and a nightclub singer (Alice Faye).

This unhistorical observation serves well enough for a peg on which to hang another musical from the Zanuck cradle of history. Its pattern is familiar; the three principals rehearsed it almost to the letter in Tin Pan Alley (TIME, Dec. 9). But this time it curdles.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!