A movie musical centered on merrily befogged Merriweather's attempt to restore his career - all while reuniting with his three children (from his three alimony-seeking ex-wives!).

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Frankie Merriweather
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Laura Merriweather
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Bob Strong (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
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Penny Merriweather
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Lulu Perkins
Ann Morriss ...
Wilma Norton
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Mr. Clyde Perkins
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'Buzz' Foster
Charles Holland ...
Singing Bellhop
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Judy Merriweather
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Virginia Ferris
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Armand Francois
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'Sue' Merriweather
Larry Nunn ...
'Terry' Merriweather
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Samuel Stephens
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A movie musical centered on merrily befogged Merriweather's attempt to restore his career - all while reuniting with his three children (from his three alimony-seeking ex-wives!).

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25 October 1940 (USA)  »

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El mago del aire  »

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Frank Morgan supposedly does voice imitations of Al Jolson, Ted Lewis, Wallace Beery, Robert Taylor, Mickey Rooney and Hedy Lamarr. However, Rooney's and Lamarr's voices were dubbed by other actors, and Taylor's voice was so perfect it was probably from the soundtrack of one of his films or the actor himself. Morgan also impersonates Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and Spencer Tracy in a scene from Boom Town (1940) which opened 3 months earlier. Again, the voices were so perfect they undoubtedly came from the soundtrack of that movie. See more »

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Frankie' Merriweather: Nobody can make a fool out of me, except me!
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References Boom Town (1940) See more »

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Vesti la giubba
from the opera "I pagliacci" (1892) (uncredited)
Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Sung by Charles Holland at the radio broadcast
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A real mixed bag
3 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is a real mixed bag. While it is moderately entertaining, the story is also pretty ridiculous and formulaic--plus there are a bits and pieces that were just plain bad.

The story is about a lovable conniver played by Frank Morgan--and this is pretty much the role he played in almost every movie he made. However, it's a little bit different this time in that he's a performer on radio and not a typical con man. But, he lies constantly and has a string of ex-wives chasing him--once again, typical Morgan story elements. And, as usual, despite his being disreputable and a horrible father, his kids rally inexplicably to his defense. All this is so formulaic and a retread of so many Morgan movies that I found myself getting bored with the plot.

To make it worse, since this was about producing a radio show, several god-awful acts were included in the movie--as well as one excellent one. The old racist song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (singing about the "good old days" of slavery) was performed twice when the film began--once masterfully by a Black bellhop and once horribly by a zombie-like woman who was awfully scary to behold as she sang! Later, it turned out that one of Morgan's daughters could apparently sing, and she sang a couple numbers in the highest pitch operatic style. Technically, I guess it was pretty good, but I hated it and it hurt my ears. I could almost swear I could hear the neighbor's dogs barking as she sang! Now as for Morgan's radio show goes, the initial gimmick was pretty funny, though as it was repeated throughout the movie it just seemed awfully silly. Apparently Morgan's character had a genius for mimicry, as he could perform ALL the voices in a radio drama alone--men, women and children. To do this, the film makers actually dubbed these voices as Morgan's lips moved. Later, it turned out he could reproduce ANY Hollywood star's voice, and he pretended to be Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Mickey Rooney and Wallace Beery. So all these actors get to make a cameo in the film--or at least their voices did.

So overall, the movie was very predictable, formulaic, silly but still somehow watchable. This is NOT a film I'd recommend you rush to see, but there are certainly worse films out there.

Oh, and by the way, there is a strange mistake in the film due to poor editing. At one point late in the film, Billie Burke says to Morgan "you're a vulture" and then Morgan responds. Then, one of Morgan's other ex-wives begins talking and yet no words come out of her mouth due to an editing mistake. I am really surprised no one caught this, as it was strange to see a woman speak an entire line and yet you can't hear a thing!


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