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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Merriweather
Laura Merriweather
Bob Strong (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Penny Merriweather
Lulu Perkins
Ann Morriss ...
Wilma Norton
Mr. Clyde Perkins
'Buzz' Foster
Charles Holland ...
Singing Bellhop
Judy Merriweather
Virginia Ferris
Armand Francois
'Sue' Merriweather
Larry Nunn ...
'Terry' Merriweather
Samuel Stephens


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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Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mago del aire  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiyable in the movie . These were (with their character names): M.J. Frankovich (Golf broadcaster) and Charles Lacey (Golf pro). See more »


Frankie' Merriweather: I play shakespeare in english, french, turkish, arabic...
Bob Strong: How's your persian?
Frankie' Merriweather: Oh, fine, she had kittens yesterday. Oh, you mean the Persian language, oh well, i speak that flawlessly well too, you see, I was a rug salesman, traveling out of Afghan... what's all this got to do with Shakespeare?
Bob Strong: You were telling me.
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References Boom Town (1940) See more »


Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Leni Lynn at the radio broadcast
Sung also by Virginia O'Brien at the radio broadcast, in a jazzier version
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un steady comedy features Frank Morgan
8 April 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Virginia Obrien sure steals the opening scenes as she cracks jokes between lines of her own singing performance, staying completely deadpan all the while. We get a glimpse of Frank Morgan, who is trying to audition at a radio station, but doesn't get in. Aside from some good actual singing performances, there's just so much going on here, we need a score card to keep track of it all; There's the comedy bit with lead Frank Merriweather (Frank Morgan) and his butler over what they will call the butler, but it falls flat. Then there is the ex-wives routine with all the wives and grown up children, which is just confusing. Morgan's stammering, blustering, wisecracking, muttering character is just an hour and a half of vaudeville jokes, which is quite fun to watch, but doesn't really help the plot along. He actually does the "that was no lady, that was my wife!" bit during a bit with his family; See 15 year old Larry Nunn, and 15 year old Leni Lynn do a couple song and dance numbers with Morgan as he tries to get his children into show business. At the same time, Merriweather gets fired for scaring the public with a radio show that mimics one that had just happened in real life a few years prior. He spends the rest of the movie trying to get his job back at the radio station. Keep an eye out for Leo Gorcey (one of the Bowery Boys) and Donald Meeks (from the W.C. fields movies) Morgan does a zillion imitations, but about half of them are the actual actors voices... it would have been funnier to have Morgan just try to imitate them, instead of using the actual actors voices. When Morgan starts spouting Claudette Colbert from "It happened one night", it's pretty obvious that it couldn't be Morgan doing ALL the voices. Billie Burke (Glenda, the good witch) is one of the ex-wives, in her usual flitting about way. A neat trick of doubling-up on the songs here -- at the beginning of the film, and again near the end, Virginia O'Brien does stepped-up jazz versions of songs that had just been sung by someone else. Also a couple of excellent singing performances by Charles Holland, who always appears in his bellhop uniform. Have not been able to find out anything about his professional career, but what a set of lungs! It appears this film was made into a weekly TV show by NBC in the 1960s. Fun to watch Morgan, and the others do their showbiz bits, but as others have pointed out, plot line is pretty weak.

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