Lee Tracy, the actor who makes a delightful specialty of playing motormouthed manipulators and flimflammers (including Hildy Johnson
in Broadway's original The Front Page and slick publicity man "Space" Hanlon in Jean Harlow's Bombshell), stars in the pre-code
comedy Clear All Wires! He portrays Buckley Joyce Thomas, brash foreign correspondent of the Chicago Globe. Bounced from a Moscow
assignment for "conduct unbecoming a gentleman," Buckley and his right-hand man Lefty (James Gleason) set in motion a plot to get
their jobs back by staging a high-level assassination attempt and scooping the world a plan that spins wildly out of control.
Working from their Broadway play, Bella and Samuel Spewack provide the movie adaptation. They would rework the play for composer
Cole Porter's stage hit Leave It to Me! Perhaps most significantly, they would reunite with Porter for the timeless Kiss Me, Kate.
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- © 1933 Turner Entertainment Co.
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- Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.