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Behind the Mike(1937)

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George Hayes, a pugnacious radio producer in New York, is fired when he belts Cyrus Wittles, sponsor of the "Crunchie-Munchie Hour," during a rehearsal. He leaves the city for a job as manager of WBAM, a Valley Falls radio station, but mistakenly wanders into WVOX, where he meets Jane Arledge, an attractive and sharp-tongued program manager. The station is owned by local magnate Harry Fox. Jane leads George to WBAM, which is housed in an abandoned stable. Its one employee is a youth named Tommy Astor. Boasting to Jane that he will have WBAM on its feet in a week, George elicits the help of his friend, Tiny Martin, a New York radio announcer. Although the town's merchants are skeptical about WBAM's prospects, they are anxious to contravene the efforts of Fox, who controls corrupt Mayor Applegate, who is up for re-election. George then listens in on a secret meeting of the merchants regarding the election and broadcasts their suspicions of Fox and Applegate, causing them to repudiate the broadcast. When George threatens to repeat the broadcast, he angers Jane, who believes the accusations against Fox are unfounded, and she and Tiny persuade George to return to New York. While George waits for his train, Jane learns that Fox and Applegate are scheming to embezzle funds from the town and that Fox has bought WBAM to stop George. With Tiny's help, Jane rushes to WBAM and reads George's indictment of Fox and Applegate, adding her newfound evidence against them. George hears the broadcast and, fearing for Jane's safety, tries to stop her, but Jane and Tiny resist him. The exposé prompts the townspeople to run Fox and Applegate out of town. George realizes Jane loves him and promises never to lose his temper again. Wittles then wires George, asking him to return to his old job, and he and Jane leave for New York. George quickly slips back into his old temper, but is curtailed by Jane's kind reproach.