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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Dave Apollon and Company in 'The Wishing Stone'  »

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La Cucaracha
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Played in the cafe in Mexico
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An Interesting Story Helps It
1 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wishing Stone, The (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another musical short from Warner and Vitaphone actually has a pretty decent idea for a story but it just doesn't fully come together in the end. Dave Apollon and his band crash their plane into a jungle but thankfully his grandmother gave him a wishing stone. He first wishes that they're in Mexico and sure enough they're transported there where they do a music number. They then wish that they're in Hawaii and we follow them there and finally to New York. The idea of a band being "transported" from one place to another and doing music from that place was a pretty interesting idea but sadly none of the songs here are all that memorable. Most of the songs are all traditional and I don't mind that but it's just that none of them are very catchy. I think fans of this Warner series or older music in general will enjoy it enough to sit through but it's doubtful you're going to be adding any of the songs to your collection. I thought Apollon did a pretty good job with his comic timing and he was also quite charming in the part. I thought the story dealing with the stone was put to good use and I'm surprised that the studio didn't use this idea for other artists.


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