A professional magician, "The Great Spumoni", fires his male assistant and his female assistant insists that he hire another one. The young man he hires turns out to have no aptitude whatsoever for a magic act. Complications ensue.

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Professor Spumoni
Marlyn Stuart ...
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Hector
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Walter Fenner
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A professional magician, "The Great Spumoni", fires his male assistant and his female assistant insists that he hire another one. The young man he hires turns out to have no aptitude whatsoever for a magic act. Complications ensue.

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Educational Films No. 7110. See more »

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Microphone shadow visible on the curtain when Spumoni is explaining the duck trick to Happy, and at the end when Mary tells Happy he is wonderful. See more »

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Very Funny Silent Sound Film
20 March 2010 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Why do I say that? Because this film is quite funny and full of Keaton pratfalls, but you have to turn off the sound to appreciate it. With sound, I find it embarrassing, even cringing to watch, but turn off the sound and, surprise! A good Keaton film! Or maybe more correctly, some good Keatonesque series of events: as a whole movie it obviously lacks the cohesive organization of a really good early Keaton silent, but it pops along at a good pace with one thing happening after another, and lots of good sight gags and physical comedy. The bit with the curtains is particularly interesting to watch when the sound is not distracting from the visuals. These Educational films really need to be restored and recirculated!


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