Love Is on the Air (1937)

58 or 60-61 mins | Drama | 2 October 1937

Director:

Nick Grinde

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

Doug Gould

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Inside Story . Love Is on the Air marked the motion picture debut of Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), future president of the United States (1981-1989). For information on remakes of this film See Entry for Hi! Nellie ... More Less

The film's working title was Inside Story . Love Is on the Air marked the motion picture debut of Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), future president of the United States (1981-1989). For information on remakes of this film See Entry for Hi! Nellie . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Aug 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Nov 37
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Sep 37
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Oct 37
p. 46.
New York Times
12 Nov 37
p. 27.
Variety
15 Sep 37
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
Contr to dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Inside Story
Release Date:
2 October 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 September 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7423
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58 or 60-61
Length(in feet):
5,586
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3495
SYNOPSIS

After he announces he will prove that club owner Nicey Ferguson is linked with organized crime, the president of the Better Business Bureau, Mr. Copelin, disappears, along with the company payroll. Radio announcer Andy McCaine broadcasts the news, stating that there is nothing to link Copelin with the missing money, and is warned by his sponsor, department store owner E. E. Nichols, to leave politics out of his program. When Andy refuses, he is fired. Andy points out that his contract doesn't allow him to be fired, so his boss puts him to work broadcasting the children's hour. Meanwhile, Dunk Glover, Andy's legman, continues to investigate Copelin's disappearance. Andy decides to take the program on location, broadcasting the activities of children. One boy, Mouse Malone, writes to Andy and invites him to see a boxing match that he is presenting. Mouse reveals to Andy that he believes Nicey Ferguson killed his brother Danny. He tells Andy that the night Copelin disappeared, Danny was asked to do a cement job and later was killed. The address Danny was sent to was the same address Copelin went to before he vanished. Andy investigates and learns that the house belongs to Weston, the chief accountant at Copelin's business. In the garage, under an oil slick, Andy finds new cement and assumes that it is Copelin's grave. He suspects that Danny was killed to keep him quiet. Pretending to be interested in buying the house, Andy calls Weston. He trails Weston to Nicey's club and follows both of them back to the house, where they dig up Copelin's body. The police ... +


After he announces he will prove that club owner Nicey Ferguson is linked with organized crime, the president of the Better Business Bureau, Mr. Copelin, disappears, along with the company payroll. Radio announcer Andy McCaine broadcasts the news, stating that there is nothing to link Copelin with the missing money, and is warned by his sponsor, department store owner E. E. Nichols, to leave politics out of his program. When Andy refuses, he is fired. Andy points out that his contract doesn't allow him to be fired, so his boss puts him to work broadcasting the children's hour. Meanwhile, Dunk Glover, Andy's legman, continues to investigate Copelin's disappearance. Andy decides to take the program on location, broadcasting the activities of children. One boy, Mouse Malone, writes to Andy and invites him to see a boxing match that he is presenting. Mouse reveals to Andy that he believes Nicey Ferguson killed his brother Danny. He tells Andy that the night Copelin disappeared, Danny was asked to do a cement job and later was killed. The address Danny was sent to was the same address Copelin went to before he vanished. Andy investigates and learns that the house belongs to Weston, the chief accountant at Copelin's business. In the garage, under an oil slick, Andy finds new cement and assumes that it is Copelin's grave. He suspects that Danny was killed to keep him quiet. Pretending to be interested in buying the house, Andy calls Weston. He trails Weston to Nicey's club and follows both of them back to the house, where they dig up Copelin's body. The police identify the body, and Andy starts to broadcast from the murder site. A shoot-out between Nicey and the police ensues and Nicey is killed. Nichols is discovered in the house with Nicey and is arrested by the police. Vindicated, Andy gets his old job back. +

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