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The Magician's Daughter (1938)

Approved | | Romance, Short | 16 July 1938 (USA)
News photographer/journalist Bob Wilson is assigned to get photographs showing how a popular local magician, Professor Jasper Murdock, does his tricks. Wilson wrangles a dinner invitation ... See full summary »

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Eleanor Lynn ...
Dolores Murdock
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Maurice Cass ...
Professor Jasper Murdock
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News photographer/journalist Bob Wilson is assigned to get photographs showing how a popular local magician, Professor Jasper Murdock, does his tricks. Wilson wrangles a dinner invitation to Murdock's home and takes a keen interest in the magician's daughter, Dolores. He also takes a liking to the family and tells his editor that he isn't going to take the photos. The editor however assigns someone else to the task and when the story is published, Dolores believes Bob has double-crossed them so he must prove himself to her and sort out the mess he finds himself in. Written by garykmcd

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Tommy Bond, in an uncredited role, was familiar to younger viewers across the country as bully Butch in the Our Gang comedies. See more »

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I Want to Write a Song
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Written by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Performed by Frank Albertson (vocal)
Also performed by Frank Albertson and Eleanor Lynn (vocal) (finale)
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Pleasant little short subject cheats on the magic acts...
29 October 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A short subject with music, strictly a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl sort of routine about a young woman (ELEANOR LYNN) who works in a magic act and a reporter (FRANK ALBERTSON) who threatens to reveal the backstage trickery that her father has used to create a successful vaudeville act. Another reporter makes the headlines when he exposes the act, much to the distress of the girl and her father.

When the woman finally realizes that Frank Albertson is not the one who exposes the trickery, she forgives him in time for a happy ending. Albertson joins in a brief song duet with Lynn that's not bad at all.

The real weakness is that the show biz tricks supposedly done on stage would be impossible to perform in person. They're strictly traceable to movie magic, the kind of visual tricks about disappearances and disembodied humans that can only be performed on film and not possible on stage. Audiences were expected to swallow this ruse in the '30s and not question it.


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