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Hold That Hypnotist (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 February 1957 (USA)
Sach and Duke set out to expose a stage hypnotist as a phony. In order to do so, Sach allows himself to be hypnotized and "regressed" to a past life--which he discovers was as a tax ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Stanley Clements ... Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie
Jane Nigh ... Cleo Daniels
Robert Foulk ... Dr. Simon Noble
James Flavin ... Jake Morgan
Queenie Smith ... Kate Kelly
David Gorcey ... Chuck (as David Condon)
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Myron
Murray Alper ... Gale
Dick Elliott ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Mel Welles ... Blackbeard


Sach and Duke set out to expose a stage hypnotist as a phony. In order to do so, Sach allows himself to be hypnotized and "regressed" to a past life--which he discovers was as a tax collector who gets a map of buried treasure from Blackbeard the Pirate. The hypnotist gets Sach to reveal the location of the map and the treasure, planning to lock up the boys and get the treasure for himself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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24 February 1957 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?


Last of three "Bowery Boys" films with Queenie Smith as their landlady Kate Kelly. The other two films are Fighting Trouble (1956) and Hot Shots (1956). See more »


Follows Bowery to Bagdad (1955) See more »

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Bridey Murphy Lives
9 April 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

It's not surprising that the Bridey Murphy phenomenon would turn up on the silver screen, even if it's only a low-budget Bowery Boys production. In 1956, a Pueblo, CO housewife claimed to have been "regressed" under hypnosis to a previous life as an Irish farm girl, complete with Irish brogue, etc. For some reason, it caught on and became a brief national fad with all kinds of similar claims being made.

Here, Sach gets regressed to a former life as a 17th century English fop, where he encounters pirate Blackbeard and his treasure. Back in modern time, the boys go after the treasure, ahead of the bad guys, they hope, while busty blonde Jane Nigh provides brassy eye candy.

Aside from the predictable hi-jinks, Hall (Sach) gets to show off some real acting skills, getting to play more than just his usual buffoonish character. Rather poignant to think how many of those skills went unused once he settled into playing Sach. (An interview with him would be interesting.) Clements does okay as Gorcey's replacement, but Gorcey really makes a better tough-talking Moe (The Three Stooges) to Sach's ever-befuddled Curley. All in all— the 60-minutes provides something of a departure for both the plot and and actor Hall, but with no more chuckles than usual.

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