“When confronted with danger, be prompt — be rash — be bold; dominate the situation!”
A meek tailor (Eddie Cantor) gains newfound confidence from a correspondence course, and is hired to manage an amusement park threatened by gangsters, who want to infuse it with crooked slot machines.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Character Arc
- Eddie Cantor Films
This final entry in Eddie Cantor’s career at Samuel Goldwyn studios (where he made one big-budget musical per year, from 1930 to 1936) is reminiscent of Harold Lloyd’s comedies — so it’s not surprising to learn that Goldwyn originally wanted Lloyd for the lead role (indeed, the script was written with him in mind). The storyline is slight as can be (crooked slot machines?!), but film fanatics may be curious to check this one out simply to see Broadway chanteuse Ethel Merman in one of her relatively few early onscreen roles — here playing the shady nightclub singer Cantor is hopelessly in love with. Also of interest are some — er — interestingly choreographed dances (see still below).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An opportunity to see and hear Ethel Merman in her prime
- Some surreal dance sequences
No; this one is only must-see for Cantor fans.