Despite his vast output, it's rare to find a Cantinflas comedy in a subtitled version, such as this entry, now available on a Columbia Classics DVD. Unfortunately, although the movie was produced on an extremely grand scale, El Mago is not very funny. In fact, it's not a typical Cantinflas offering by any means. But it was filmed on the grandest of grand scales and it does have a glorious abundance of girls! Lots of really beautiful young women, led here by the adorable Leonora Amar – and all of them really stunningly photographed by Mexico's master of feminine pulchritude, Raul Martinez Solares. That's just as well, because Mario Moreno, i.e. Cantinflas, bumbles and mumbles his way through just about every scene, except for three or four extremely short sequences, and he really doesn't have anything very witty to say, nor does he really create a character – at least in this excursion – with whom an audience can identify. To add to the movie's woes, Miguel M. Delgado's direction often seems hesitant rather than bold and one often gets the impression that he is actually allowing Cantinflas himself to call the shots. The movie is definitely worth seeing but don't expect an Around the World in Eighty Days!