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The Wishing Stone (1935)

 -  Short | Comedy | Music  -  8 June 1935 (USA)
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A commercial passenger jet has gone missing on its flight from Mexico to New York. In reality, the plane did crash, but everyone aboard is physically unhurt. One of the passengers, musician ... See full summary »

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A commercial passenger jet has gone missing on its flight from Mexico to New York. In reality, the plane did crash, but everyone aboard is physically unhurt. One of the passengers, musician Dave Apollon, is concerned about the money he will be losing if he doesn't get to New York to perform in his scheduled gigs. When one of the other passengers tells him that they can get there using his magical Hawaiian wishing stone, Dave balks at the notion. But when someone else demonstrates the stone's power by wishing they were some place else, they are whisked from place to place. At each stop, Dave and the others perform a musical revue themed to their locale. But as Dave doesn't have the stone, will they ever make it to New York? Written by Huggo

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8 June 1935 (USA)  »

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Music by Vittorio Monti
Played by Dave Apollon on mandolin
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This is a really, really weird one....
24 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I know nothing about Dave Appolon and his orchestra. All I know is that this particular Vitaphone short is WEIRD....seriously weird! It begins with Appolon and his Hispanic band members. One says something about having a wishing stone and then wishes they were back home in Mexico and WHOOSH...they are transported to Mexico! But it gets weirder. A lady in traditional Mexican garb sings and dances Mexican music...THEN, she begins singing Russian!! Suddenly, they are in Russian garb! Then, just as abruptly, they are in Hawaii making Hawaiian music! And, finally, they are back to New York! Why? I dunno...and I am sure they really didn't film any of this in these places--just in the studio.

So is it any good? Well, all I know is that Apollon played an amazingly FAST mandolin at one point--it shocked me plus it was very good. And, if you have any super-hyperactive kids, they would love it since I have NEVER seen a music video that crammed more into it and hits you with it like a machine gun! Wow...it's pretty amazing.


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