Remote Control (1930)

62 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 November 1930

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Editor:

Harry Reynolds

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to an article in Motion Picture News (Oct 1930), Edward Sedgwick was the last of four directors to work on this film. The Var and FD reviews, however, credited Malcom St. Clair and Nick Grinde for the picture's direction, and copyright records only credit Sedgwick as the film's ... More Less

According to an article in Motion Picture News (Oct 1930), Edward Sedgwick was the last of four directors to work on this film. The Var and FD reviews, however, credited Malcom St. Clair and Nick Grinde for the picture's direction, and copyright records only credit Sedgwick as the film's producer. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
7 Dec 1930.
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New York Times
8 Dec 1930
p. 26.
Variety
10 Dec 1930
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Remote Control by Clyde North, Albert C. Fuller and Jack T. Nelson (New York, 10 Sep 1929).
SONGS
"Just a Little Closer," words by Howard Johnson, music by Joseph Meyer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1725
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,958
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

William J. Brennan, who works in a music shop, aspires to become a radio announcer, but when Smedley, his employer, finds him practicing with a dummy microphone during working hours, he hurries William out to wait on Marion Ferguson, a customer with whom William flirts and whom he pursues into the street. After being fired, he follows Marion to a radio broadcasting studio, where he meets Sam Ferguson, his old friend and Marion's brother, and volunteers to help him revive the waning life of the station. In addition to attracting many performers, an advertisement brings Dr. Kruger, leader of the Ghost Gang, who plans to direct the activities of his gangsters by broadcasting instructions under the guise of a clairvoyant mystic. William interferes in his plans, and Kruger orders him kidnaped and plots to have him eliminated during a bank robbery; but William contrives a scheme for tipping off the police and his friends by using newspaper headlines, and he is rescued in a final hectic ... +


William J. Brennan, who works in a music shop, aspires to become a radio announcer, but when Smedley, his employer, finds him practicing with a dummy microphone during working hours, he hurries William out to wait on Marion Ferguson, a customer with whom William flirts and whom he pursues into the street. After being fired, he follows Marion to a radio broadcasting studio, where he meets Sam Ferguson, his old friend and Marion's brother, and volunteers to help him revive the waning life of the station. In addition to attracting many performers, an advertisement brings Dr. Kruger, leader of the Ghost Gang, who plans to direct the activities of his gangsters by broadcasting instructions under the guise of a clairvoyant mystic. William interferes in his plans, and Kruger orders him kidnaped and plots to have him eliminated during a bank robbery; but William contrives a scheme for tipping off the police and his friends by using newspaper headlines, and he is rescued in a final hectic chase. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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