Exiled to Shanghai (December 20, 1937)

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Exiled to Shanghai
 

Released on December 20, 1937: A newsreel reporter, his company and his girlfriend get tangled up in a television swindle.

Produced by Armand Schaefer

Directed by Nick Grinde

The Actors: Wallace Ford (Ted Young), June Travis (Nancy Jones), Dean Jagger (Charlie Sears), William Bakewell (Andrew), Arthur Lake (Bud), Jonathan Hale (J.B. Willet), William Harrigan (Grant Powell), Sarah Padden (Aunt Jane), Syd Saylor (Maloney), Charles Trowbridge (Walters), Johnny Arthur (Poppolas), Maurice Cass (Hotel Manager), Minerva Urecal (Claire), Sally Payne (Mabel), Horace B. Carpenter (postman Mr. Pettiwell), Lane Chandler (train fireman), Kernan Cripps (executive), Robert Homans (desk Sergeant), George Lloyd (policeman), Lee Shumway (train conductor), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (train porter)

 
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Television . . . Your Eyes and Ears of the Future

Science Fiction motion pictures are always fun to watch, but come on . . . some of them are just too far-fetched to believe. Television signals can travel 50, maybe even 60 miles, but to travel around the country or around the world . . . how dumb do you think we are? The only way to see moving pictures from far off lands is to send a newsreel camera crew to the event and grind out motion picture film that they bring back, develop and duplicate to be sent by air mail to the movie theaters around the country to be shown on the big screen before the main attraction. The fastest that a news event in Spain can reach a local town movie theater screen is probably a month, maybe more if the news crew has travel trouble. Now, that is not to say that it isn't possible to get news around the globe any faster . . . . there is this new thing called 'wire-photo' that can send a photograph via telegraph wires around the country, but of course there is no way to get that picture across the ocean. And radio is doing pretty well in 1937 . . . but even short wave radio has problems with the curvature of the earth and signals that refuse to bend. But a television signal travelling around the country and around the globe? . . . pure nonsense science fiction. Of course, if one of those new television stations in the big city of New York promises to have discovered a secret way to transmit a signal around the globe no one would fall for it, would they? Only one of the biggest newsreel film companies in the country, that's who. Only future Oscar winning actor Dean Jagger and Dagwood Bumstead's future boss Jonathan Hale, that’s who. Oh, by the way, future Dagwood Bumstead actor Arthur Lake is also in this sci-fi crime adventure, but I get ahead of myself. This is a story about a hot-shot newsreel reporter who falls for a small town girl headed to the big city in search of fame and fortune . . . especially fortune. They get caught up with the Supreme Television corporation, and the head of the television corporation is trying to convince investors that he can send a television signal around the world - pure nonsense of course - but the stock goes up and when the day of the big cross-country test is scheduled the big newsreel company is ready to sink all of their money into the fraudulent scheme. Our newsreel reporter and his girlfriend from the country are probably doomed as he gets arrested and Aunt Jane and her small town boyfriend Andrew arrive to take her back home. Now, be honest, aren't you just wild with curiosity to discover how all of these diverse things come together in just one hour of adventure named 'Exiled to Shanghai' that your great-grandparents paid good money to see back in 1937? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Charles Trowbridge and Wallace Ford
Charles Trowbridge and Wallace Ford
Dean Jagger and Minerva Urecal
Dean Jagger and Minerva Urecal
Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
George Lloyd, Dean Jagger and Robert Homans
George Lloyd, Dean Jagger and Robert Homans
George Lloyd, Wallace Ford and Dean Jagger
George Lloyd, Wallace Ford and Dean Jagger
Johnny Arthur
Johnny Arthur
June Travis and Dean Jagger
June Travis and Dean Jagger
June Travis, Sarah Padden and William Bakewell
June Travis, Sarah Padden and William Bakewell
June Travis and Sarah Padden
June Travis and Sarah Padden
June Travis and Wallace Ford
June Travis and Wallace Ford
June Travis and William Bakewell
June Travis and William Bakewell
June Travis
June Travis
Lee Shumway and Lane Chandler
Lee Shumway and Lane Chandler
Maurice Cass and Dean Jagger
Maurice Cass and Dean Jagger
Maurice Cass
Maurice Cass
Minerva Urecal, Dean Jagger and Wallace Ford
Minerva Urecal, Dean Jagger and Wallace Ford
Sarah Padden and William Bakewell
Sarah Padden and William Bakewell
Sarah Padden
Sarah Padden
Wallace Ford and Arthur Lake
Wallace Ford and Arthur Lake
Wallace Ford
Wallace Ford
William Bakewell and Wallace Ford
William Bakewell and Wallace Ford