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Magical Maestro (1952)

A magician is spurned by an opera singer, and takes a spectacular revenge by replacing the conductor and turning the hapless tenor into one thing after another. And watch out for the hair ... See full summary »

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A magician is spurned by an opera singer, and takes a spectacular revenge by replacing the conductor and turning the hapless tenor into one thing after another. And watch out for the hair that gets caught in the projector gate! Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The 'hair in the projector gate' gag was so realistic, many projectionists attempted to remove the hair themselves, not realizing it was part of the cartoon. See more »

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Featured in Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995) See more »

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Everything I Have Is Yours
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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Poochini
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exceptionally funny and frenetic
4 June 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful Tex Avery cartoon. It's very funny and fresh as well as very fast-paced. A singer insults a magician and in turn the magician dresses as the musical director and then uses his magic wand to make lots of crazy and impossible things happen to the singer during the performance. It's completely Tex Avery due to the pacing and humor. There are two problems that keep it from being rated any higher. First, as the 50s arrived, production values on the MGM cartoons (particularly the animation and backgrounds) began to suffer. While this isn't as bad as the later Avery efforts in this regard, the art just isn't up to the standards as earlier Avery classics. Second, it is quite possible that some people could feel offended by the short clip where the singer becomes a black singer (sounding a lot like one of the Mills Brothers). While this isn't the most obvious of racial insults (there were many worse ones during the era), some might not enjoy this or the Chinese characterizations. Don't skip the film, though--that would make you a reactionary idiot.


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