George Wallace plays Brutus (a bad egg), who impersonates a wandering millionaire turned country grocer by the name of Mulligan. According to one review, Brutus succeeds 'admirably in making a complete mess of things' (Brisbane Courier 1 February 1926, p.15). The other characters include Mike Shannon (the village storekeeper who attempts to get Mulligan to marry one of his daughters), Josh McCosh (an avaricious farmer), Harry Dale (a wanderer), Milly Smith (a farmer's daughter), Murphy Lee, and village lasses Dolly Davis and Nellie Jones. The Argus theatre critic writes in 1925, too, that 'the stage settings harmonised with the amusing plot' (22 June 1925, p.14).
In reviewing the 1930 revival, staged under the title Mr Mulligan, Millionaire, the Age further records:
Mr Mulligan, Millionaire is a furore from start to finish, and in it Mr Wallace, who plays the part of Brutus, and is supposed to be a little bit silly, is seen and heard at his best. The revue was written by himself, and the scene of action is a country town aptly named Sleepy Hollow. Brutus posing as a multi-millionaire, purchases the business of the local storekeeper, Mike Shannon, a part played capably by Marshall Crosby. One condition of the purchase is that the cash in the tills be included in the stock in trade - a concession which Mike concedes when he realises there is a hope of Brutus marrying one of his daughters. This plan, however, does not develop. Once in charge of the store Brutus makes things fast and furious, and his efforts in attending to the wants of his customers make the house rock with laughter. The musical side of the revue is of a high order, even though it includes several burlesque numbers. In these George Wallace again takes the lead, and the manner in which he conducts the Flaming Youths band while playing in Sleepy Hollow is side-splitting. He is well supported by members of the band (13 January 1930, p.11).
Among the vocal numbers for the 1926 production were 'South of Carolina' (sung by the company), 'Hula Lou' (George Wallace), 'Mountains of Morne' (Marshall Crosby), and 'I'll See You in my Dreams' (Marie Nyman). The 1930 Tivoli production included Marshall Crosby's rendition of 'The Floral Dance.'
It is unclear if there is any relationship between this revusical and one of George Wallace's earliest works, Mulligan's Mix-up (1922).
There appears to be no relationship (apart from the similarity of titles) with a 1917 English revusical written by James W. Tate (music), Frank Clifford Harris (lyrics), and Archibald Thomas Pechey, aka 'Valentine' (book).
1924: Majestic Theatre, Newtown, Sydney, 20-26 September.
1925: Fullers' Theatre, Sydney, 11-17 April (as The Boys of the Village).
1925: Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 20-26 June (as The Village Lads).
1925: Empire Theatre, Brisbane ; 14-20 November (return season: 30 January 1925 - 5 February 1926).
1927: New Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 19-25 February.
1928: Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 27 October - 2 November.
1930: Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, 11-17 January (as Mr Mulligan, Millionaire).
1931: Theatre Royal, Brisbane; 11-17 April