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Hullabaloo (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 October 1940 (USA)
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!).


Edwin L. Marin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Morgan ... Frankie Merriweather
Virginia Grey ... Laura Merriweather
Dan Dailey ... Bob Strong (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Billie Burke ... Penny Merriweather
Nydia Westman ... Lulu Perkins
Ann Morriss ... Wilma Norton
Donald Meek ... Mr. Clyde Perkins
Reginald Owen ... 'Buzz' Foster
Charles Holland Charles Holland ... Singing Bellhop
Leni Lynn ... Judy Merriweather
Virginia O'Brien ... Virginia Ferris
Curt Bois ... Armand Francois
Sara Haden ... 'Sue' Merriweather
Larry Nunn ... 'Terry' Merriweather
Barnett Parker ... 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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A ONE-MAN RIOT doing a ten-man job...and how!


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Release Date:

25 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mago del aire See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: Would you believe it... I once had to play both ends of a horse!
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References Boom Town (1940) See more »


A Handful of Stars
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Jack Lawrence and Ted Shapiro
Played during the opening credits
Whistled by Dan Dailey and Virginia Grey (whistling dubbed by Elvida Rizzo and Morton Scott)
Played as background music during their bicycle ride
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Deadbeat dad
5 June 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Frank Morgan who is the top billed player in this B film from MGM is a deadbeat dad. An old vaudevillian, Morgan is trying to get a break in radio because he really needs the money.

In Hullabaloo Frank Morgan has got three ex-wives with a child by each and these women want the back alimony that Morgan hasn't sent them for years. This formidable trio of ex-wives are Connie Gilchrist, Sara Haden, and Billie Burke and their kids respectively are Virginia Grey, Leny Lynn and Larry Nunn.

The kids kind of bond with each other and together they help dear old dad pull together a radio show. It's either that or marry a 4th time to Nydia Westman who is sponsor Donald Meek's sister.

Dan Dailey is here as a radio executive and love interest for Virginia Grey and another Virginia, O'Brien that is gets a couple of songs to sing in her deadpan fashion. The real revelation is Charles Holland an opera singing bellhop. Not too many black artists were doing material like that for films in 1940.

Because it's lovable old Frank Morgan the whole thing works somehow. But I doubt a deadbeat dad would get treated so well in today's cinema.

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