Black SplatThe Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
   

"I’ll never forget the last time you had your picture on the front page. Your mouth was continued on page two."

The Big Broadcast of 1938 - Martha and Scoop

Description: Lynn Overman as Scoop McPhail talks about Martha Bellows (Martha Raye) after she says, “Gee, I-I’m so cute! I’ll bet they put my picture on the front page” in the motion picture The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938). Later, when Martha asks Scoop, "Oh won't your be my Romeo?" He replies, "Yes, we will rehearse the death scene."

Martha Bellows is the daughter of S.B. Bellows (W. C. Fields) who is sent by his nearly identical brother T. Frothingill Bellows (W.C. Fields) to undermine a transcontinental ocean liner race between the S.S. Gigantic and the S.S. Colossal as both ships sail across the Atlantic from New York to Cherbourg, France in two-and-a-half days.

S.B. Bellows is known to bring bad luck wherever he goes, but T.F. Bellows' plan to jinx the race almost backfires when his brother S. B. and his unlucky daughter, Martha end up on the wrong ship (the S.S. Gigantic).

The Big Broadcast of 1938 - The S.S. Gigantic

The entire event (billed as "The Race of the Ages") is chronicled by Buzz Fielding (Bob Hope) who travels aboard the S.S. Gigantic to broadcast the race and emcee musical acts meant to entertain the passengers onboard, as well as those listening on the radio.

As Buzz sends back details of the competition, he learns that all three of his ex-wives,
Cleo (Shirley Ross), Grace (Grace Bradley), and Joan (Dorothy Howe) are traveling on board. Buzz's latest romantic interest Dorothy Wyndham (Dorothy Lamour) is also along for the trip. She hocked her engagement to get Buzz out of jail for failure to pay alimony payments to his former spouses.

The Big Broadcast of 1938 - Bob and Dorothy in engine room

During the trip, Dorothy meets Robert "Bob" Hayes (Leif Erikson), the inventor of the ship's radio-powered source. They fall in love, while Buzz reunites with ex-wife, Cleo.

At a critical point in the race, the ship's power source is compromised and the S.S. Colossal surges head. Luckily, Dorothy accidentally helps Bob fix the problem with the ship's engine which enables the S.S. Gigantic to overcome the lead of the S.S. Colossal and win the race.

Note: Bob Hope's signature song "Thank for the Memory" is introduced in this film as Buzz and ex-wife Cleo reminisce about their marriage while sitting in the ship's bar.

The Big Broadcast of 1938 - Cleo and Buzz reminisce

Thanks for the memory
Of rainy afternoons, swingy Harlem tunes
And motor trips and burning lips and burning toast and prunes
How lovely it was!

Thanks for the memory
Of candlelight and wine, castles on the Rhine
The Parthenon and moments on the Hudson River Line
How lovely it was!

Many's the time that we feasted
And many's the time that we fasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun and no harm done

So thanks for the memory
Of crap games on the floor, nights in Singapore
You might have been a headache but you never were a bore
I thank you so much.

Thanks for the memory of China's funny walls, transatlantic calls
That weekend at Niagra when we hardly saw the falls.
How lovely that was. Thank you

Thanks for the memory of lunch from 12 to 4
Of sunburn at the shore
That pair of gay pajama that you bought and never wore.
Say by the way, what did happen to those pajamas, huh?

Letters with sweet little secrets
That couldn't be put in a day wire
Too bad it has to go haywire
That's life I guess, My Love.
I like you dress Do You? It's pretty

Thanks for the memory
Of faults that you forgave
Rainbows on a wave
The stockings in the basin
When a fellow needs a shave
I thank you so much

Thanks for the memory of Garden at Versailles
And bean and kidney pie
The night you worked and then came home with lipstick on your tie.
How lovely that was.

Thanks for the memory
Of lingerie with lace, Pilsner by the case
And how I jumped the day you trumped my one-and-only ace
How lovely it was!

We said goodbye with a highball
Then I got as "high" as a steeple
But we were intelligent people
No tears, no fuss, Hooray! For us

So, thanks for the memory
And strictly entre-nous, darling how are you?
And how are all the little dreams that never did come true?
Awfully glad I met you, cheerio, and toodle-oo
And thank you so much.


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