I admit, I got suckered in by an interesting sounding premise. A guy named Reggie (Robert Griffith) receives a sarcophagus from his uncle in Egypt. Rather than finding a crusty old mummy inside, he finds a beautiful woman, Princess Raviola (Marian Olive), who is very much alive and ready for a night on the town. Call me a simple-minded idiot, but I kept thinking that Princess Raviola should be the name of a character in commercials for Spagheti-O’s.
The next morning, Reggie is visited by his future brother-in-law (Billy ‘uke’ Scott). He drops by to play a new song he’s written for Reggie, and that kind of sets the tone of the rest of the movie. The majority of the film, from here on out, are various less than spectacular musical numbers. Reggie takes the princess to get all fancied up…modern dress, hair, etc. Later, Reggie and Raviola (snicker…sorry) visit a club…so we have a bunch of musical numbers.
Now, spending the evening hitting the clubs with a three thousand-year-old Egyptian hottie never seems to register as a bad-idea for the about-to-be-married Reggie. In fact, after a while he declares that he is canceling his engagement and now wishes to be be engaged to Raviola. Sounds like a good opportunity for some angry jilted fiance action…but no. Instead, Reggie and Raviola seem to go back in time so Reggie can see that the night life in ancient Egypt was pretty swingin’ too. Of course, more musical numbers follow.
Unfortunately, “A Night of Magic” isn’t even an interesting curiosity. It has one redeeming quality…it’s only 53 minutes long.