Hullabaloo (1940)

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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!).



  • Leni Lynn and Larry Nunn in Hullabaloo (1940)
  • Virginia O'Brien in Hullabaloo (1940)
  • Billie Burke and Frank Morgan in Hullabaloo (1940)
  • Charles Holland in Hullabaloo (1940)
  • Dan Dailey, Virginia Grey, Charles Holland, Leni Lynn, Donald Meek, Frank Morgan, Larry Nunn, and Virginia O'Brien in Hullabaloo (1940)
  • Leni Lynn and Frank Morgan in Hullabaloo (1940)

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5 June 2017 | bkoganbing
| Deadbeat dad
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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