The Hard-Boiled Canary

The Hard-Boiled Canary is a 1941 American musical comedy film directed by Andrew L. Stone and written by Robert Lively and Andrew L. Stone. It was later reissued as There's Magic in Music.

The Hard-Boiled Canary
Reissue theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew L. Stone
Produced byAndrew L. Stone
Screenplay byRobert Lively
Andrew L. Stone
Story byRobert Lively
Andrew L. Stone
StarringAllan Jones
Susanna Foster
Margaret Lindsay
Lynne Overman
Grace Bradley
William Collier Sr.
Heimo Haitto
Music byPhil Boutelje
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Edited byJames Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 8, 1941 (1941-06-08)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film stars Allan Jones, Susanna Foster, Margaret Lindsay, Lynne Overman, Grace Bradley, William Collier Sr. and Heimo Haitto. It was released on June 8, 1941, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]


Young and carefree Michael Maddy helps run Interlochen Center for the Arts for his ill father. A burlesque performer in a skimpy costume, Toodles LaVerne, impresses him with her voice, enough so that Michael makes and wins a wager with opera-company publicist George Thomas that she's good enough to sing professionally.

The joint is raided and entertainer Madie Duvalle is arrested by the police, but Toodles gets away with Michael's help. He enrolls her in the music camp over the objections of Sylvia Worth, his efficiency expert, and other campers partly because of Toodles's appearance and also because she can't even read music. Michael and George scrub off the stage makeup over Toodles's objections, whereupon she sings a number that impresses everyone at camp. Michael wants her to audition for a New York City opera house.

Madie, out of jail now, does a magazine story about Toodles' past life. The music camp's appalled financial backers pull their funds and their students. In the end, though, Michael manages to get Toodles in front of the opera company, where she wins everyone's approval.



  1. "There's Magic in Music (1941) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  2. Crowther, Bosley (1941-06-05). "Movie Review - There s Magic in Music - ' There's Magic in Music,' Picture Now Showing at Loew's Criterion - New Film at Central". Retrieved 2015-11-08.
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