- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 30, 2010
- Originally Released: 1937
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Description by OLDIES.com:
When Red and Shorty, a couple of crack telephone linemen, roll into Riverdale for their new jobs, they zero in on Helen and Dottie, two cute switchboard operators, hoping to score. Shorty and Dottie hit it off immediately, but Helen is cool to Red's advances. The romantic efforts are sidelined, however, when heavy rains overwhelm the local dam, sending a massive wall of floodwaters racing through the city. Helen ignores Red's pleas to abandon her post as the waters rise, knowing that she is the only hope to alert thousands of helpless flood victims.
Stunning footage captured during the recent San Fernando Valley Flood highlights this 1937 adventure starring Grant Withers and Judith Allen. Telephone Operator, the final film made by prolific silent-era actor/director Scott Pembroke, gives a fascinating glimpse into the early state of telecommunications in the mid-1930s, when telephones and wireless radios were the only reliable way to communicate during natural disasters.
Judith Allen stars as TELEPHONE OPERATOR Helen in this Monogram actioner. Most of the story is built around newsreel footage of the recent Ohio and Tennessee Valley floods. As telephone linemen Red (Grant Withers) and Shorty (Warren Hymer) race against time to hook up phone wires to a huge dam, the storm clouds gather and the weather gets really rough. Even so, Red and Shorty pause every so often to romance local telephone gals Helen and Dottie (Alice White). When the inevitable flood arrives, Helen's courage and stamina during the crisis leaves a lasting impression on Red, who gives up his minor flirtations and proposes marriage. TELEPHONE OPERATOR was one of several comeback attempts for onetime silent-screen favorite Alice White, who was still trying to recapture her former glory as late as 1948's FLAMINGO ROAD.