Friday, 23 April 2021

The Big Broadcast of 1938

A movie musical variety show that features a race between two ocean liners, the Colossal and the Gigantic both represented in the film by miniatures. The Colossal is based on the Normandie while the Gigantic is a futuristic (for the late 1930's) art deco design that features a series of propellers arranged along each side.

Another Art Deco sci-fi design appears in the film in the shape of a flying scooter equipped with fold out wings and a rear mounted propeller, that WC Fields' character flies out to the Gigantic.

The visual effects were supervised by Gordon Jennings.

The whole film can be seen on Youtube.


1 comment:

  1. Gigantic looks to be very much inspired by Norman Bel Geddes' "Streamlined Ocean Liner" of 1932:


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