Telephone Operator 1937 NR CC

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An impending flood has telephone linemen Red (Withers) and Shorty (Hymer) racing against the oncoming storms to hook up phone lines to a huge dam. Red manages to find time during his heroics to romance telephone operator Helen (Allen), which begins as a stormy professional relationship, filled with enjoyable witty banter between the two. Shorty has a romance of his own with Helen's friend and co-operator Dottie (White). The weather intensifies and the flood arrives, challenging all four in their duties to keep the telephone lines running during the crisis, against all odds and some amount of danger.

Starring:
Judith Allen, Grant Withers
Runtime:
1 hour, 2 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Action
Director Scott Pembroke
Starring Judith Allen, Grant Withers
Supporting actors Warren Hymer, Alice White, Ronnie Cosby, Pat Flaherty, Greta Granstedt, William Haade, Cornelius Keefe, Dorothy Vaughan
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

It is fun and history film!
Josef Holzer
Not much of a story, grainy film and some pieces missing, but not a bad way to spend an hour being entertained.
editortr
Even a couple of fight scenes!
TJ Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elmer Cat on November 14, 2012
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Though this movie may not appeal to all audiences, Phone Phreaks will surely love the 1930's telephone scenes with the manual cord switchboards, step-by-step switches in operations, and linemen working on open wire circuits with glass insulators. Although The Phone Company manager, Tom "Hotline" Sommers, is not that endearing of a character, the switchboard operators have an "old-time" dedication to service that keeps them on the job protecting the community even when their building becomes flooded. Mrs. Molloy is much too old to be the mother of little Ted, so there may have been more to the story than was told in length of this short film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TJ Brown on February 12, 2013
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While not even sure what made me randomly pick this to watch, I enjoyed the hour spent with it. Some witty repartee. Even a couple of fight scenes! Stock footage of a flood as well, but the story wrapped up nicely and it was time well spent, though the ideas of linemen going from damaged connection to damaged connection in their little rowboat in no time at all defies all sense of logic, even in the more innocent 1930s. Im going to look for more vintage films featuring members of this cast. I agree with the previous reviewer that "Hotline" Summers was no hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Wise on September 9, 2011
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"Telephone Operator" is entertaining if you don't mind sitting through a film with a picture that is often blurry, washed out and muddy. The sound is muffled and flat, sometimes making the dialogue hard to understand. I had to constantly adjust the TV's volume throughout the entire 60 minutes.

But in spite of all this, it is worth the effort to watch. However, the lackluster DVD quality, kept this little Poverty Row action film from getting the five star rating it deserved.

Grant Withers and his buddy Warren Hymer are a couple of hotshot telephone linemen sent to a backwater area where a new dam is being built.

They get off on the wrong foot with a couple of pretty switchboard operators, played by Judith Allen and Alice White, when they walk into the telephone office looking for their new boss. Their brash personalities get them nowhere with the two savvy women.

Later in the film, Grant saves the life of Judith's kid brother and she starts to see that there's more to Grant than she first thought. Alice and Warren have also developed a liking for each other.

In the meantime, heavy rains have started to put pressure on the unfinished dam and it finally gives way to massive floodwaters. Judith's kid bother is a shortwave radio operator and hears the distress message coming from the dam about the oncoming flood. He wakes Judith who rushes to the telephone office to get the message out to everyone she can about the flood. She is soon joined by Alice to help field telephone calls.

As the floodwaters rise, Grant and Warren arrive in a boat at the telephone office to prevent the lines from going dead so Judith and Alice can continue to keep emergency calls going out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gayle on July 15, 2013
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Story was good, video and audio quality very poor. Seemed like a copy of a copy. Recommend for the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ridge Route Inc. (Consignment) on January 7, 2014
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I am retired from AT&T and am interested in telephone history. I saw the movie in 1949 when television first came out.
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