Radio Bar (1936)

Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - Argentina  |  
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Radio Bar was an effort to build up the international popularity of Tango singer-dancer Alberto Vila, who'd been anointed as the successor to the late, great Argentine entertainer Carlos Gardel. The story is set largely in the titular nightclub and in a radio broadcasting studio, as Vila is helped along on the road to fame by his good buddies. Along the way, there are a few satiric jabs at radio sponsors which would not have been out of place in an American film of the era. Much of the comedy is generated from the drunken antics of a bespectacled spinster, a brand of humor that might seem questionable today. Radio Bar was released in the U.S. minus English-language subtitles, which somewhat limited its appeal.

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fame, radio, stars [celebrities]