Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. ...
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Milton Haskins, a math genius known for his infallibility with numbers, quits his job with an insurance company when he discovers he made a mistake, and hooks up with a traveling carnival. His knowledge of mathematics makes him a natural as an assistant at the wheel of fortune. His fiancée begs him to return to his job but he refuses, so she joins the carnival and becomes a striptease artist. When Milton attempts to drag her off the stage, a brawling mêlée breaks out and the entire troupe is arrested by the local police. The carnival is sold but Milton reveals that the new owner has conspired to defraud the insurance company. The insurance company has to accept the carnival in lieu of the money owed, and they allow Milton and his fiancée, Vivian, to stay with and help run the carnival.Written by
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Very pleasant B musical comedy with surprisingly witty dialog
As far as I can tell, today in 2017, the only way to watch this very pleasant musical comedy is on YouTube. The image quality of the version there is horrible, obviously sourced from an old worn out videotape. Usually I wouldn't put up with the washed out, ultra-low resolution picture, but found myself watching the whole thing and enjoying it.
The big surprise was the very witty dialog, delivered skillfully by O'Connor and the obscure Lew Parker. Of course Donald shines in several comparatively modest dance numbers (this wasn't MGM after all). But Parker, who looks to be in his late 50's, but according to his IMDb bio was about 41, is a surprisingly agile in vaudeville style dancing. And Parker really scores as a fast talking flim-flam man, delivering comic patter with aplomb.
The songs are well crafted but forgettable. For some reason Olga San Juan, a good vocalist, is given almost no singing to do, and her comic skills are underutilized. The production with it's carnival setting would have benefited from color, but it's in B&W.
A treat for those old enough to have grown up with the 1950's TV show, The Adventures of Superman, Lois Lane aka Noel Nell, is a supporting player in this film. She proves herself to be a capable dancer, charming, charismatic, and very pretty too. Too bad she didn't have more of a film career.
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