Mickey Rooney (Freddie Frisby), Terry Moore (Judy Sears), William Demarest (Bob Sears), Charles Ami (J.B. Caldwell), Ross Ford (Ralph Caldwell), Ned Glass (Sam Phillips), Mike Mazurki ("Lunk" Boxwell), Douglas Fowley (Boss "Grabs" Freeley), William "Bill" Phillips ("Pick" Reedley), Ruth Warren (Jenny Morrison), Eddy Waller (Pops Dunlap), Frank Ferguson (Sheriff Oliver).
Director: PETER GODFREY. Original Screenplay: Jack Henley. Photography: Lester White. Film editor: Richard Fantl. Art director: Victor Greene. Set decorator: Louis Diage. Gowns: Jean Louis. Music director: Mischa Bakaleinikoff. Assistant director: Carter DeHaven, Jr. Technical advisor (orange packing): May Leon. Sound engineer: Jack Goodrich. Producer: Rudolph C. Flothow.
Copyright 12 September 1950 by Columbia Pictures Corp. New York release at the Palace: 19 October 1950. U.S. release: September 1950. U.K. release: 27 November 1950. Sydney release at the Capitol: 9 February 1951 (1 week only). Australian release: 9 February 1951. 6,961 feet. 77 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Town misfit inherits a truckload of magic tricks from his late uncle.
NOTES: Peter Godfrey of The Two Mrs Carrolls, Cry Wolf and The Woman in White, reduced to directing a "B" at Columbia.
COMMENT: Despite its unfortunate title and thumbs-down contemporary reviews, I found this little film surprisingly amusing. Peter Godfrey's direction shows no sign of flagging spirits, being brisk and well-paced. Production credits, headed by Lester White's excellent photography, are uniformly good; and by Columbia's humble "B" standards, the budget is remarkably lavish.
The players are in fine fettle. The script provides Rooney with one really hilarious sequence in which he ineptly tries his new-found magic tricks on Demarest and Ford. As well, there are some bright jokes ("Let the bird do it!") abetted by all-round spirited playing which give this little comedy undeniable entertainment appeal.