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Hypnotized (1932)

 -  Comedy  -  25 December 1932 (USA)
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A circus worker wins a sweepstakes prize of $150,000 and must travel to England to present his ticket and collect his winnings. He books passage on a transatlantic liner, but on board is a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
George Moran ...
Henry Johnson (as The Two Black Crows)
Charles Mack ...
Egbert Jackson (as The Two Black Crows)
Ernest Torrence ...
Prof. Horace S. Limberly - Hypnotist
Charles Murray ...
Charlie O'Brien (as Charlie Murray)
Wallace Ford ...
Bill Bogard
Maria Alba ...
Princess Mitzi
Marjorie Beebe ...
Pearl - the Maid
Herman Bing ...
Capt. Otto Von Stormberg
Alexander Carr ...
Abe Shapiro
Matt McHugh ...
Luis Alberni ...
Hungarian Consul
Harry Schultz ...
Ludwig - First Mate
Mitchell Harris ...
Nona Mozelle ...
Captain's Girl Friend


A circus worker wins a sweepstakes prize of $150,000 and must travel to England to present his ticket and collect his winnings. He books passage on a transatlantic liner, but on board is a shady hypnotist who hears about the man's good fortune. He manages to get a chance to hypnotize the winner and then takes his ticket, after which he disappears. When the man wakes up and realizes his ticket has been stolen, he sets out to find the phony "professor" and reclaim his ticket. Written by

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You... Will... Not... See... This... Movie!
24 March 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This movie has long had the reputation of being the worst comedy feature ever produced. I won't dispute that it *should* be the worst, but no record holds forever and Hollywood in the 1990s and 2000s has produced strong contenders for the title, if not outright record breakers.

We are, however, concerned with this movie, which is awful. First, it stars Mack & Moran, the Two Black Crows, blackface comedians who were wildly popularly in this period. They start out working for a carnival -- Moran disappears about a reel into the movie, which should improve it, but doesn't -- and wind up taking a ship across the ocean -- which ocean is never specified, nor should anyone care so long as they didn't come back -- where they are hypnotized by Ernest Torrence. You know they are hypnotized because they don't move. This is probably the funniest thing in the movie: a sequence where the lead comics do nothing.

This movie is a grave puzzlement: there is tremendous comic talent here, from the stars, through the supporting players down to people who have one line -- among them Herman Bing and Luis Alberni. It's simply that no one ever does anything that could be described as funny.

The coming of sound had put Mack Sennett, this film's producer and director, under severe financial strain strain. The depression had made things worse and this feature sank him. After this, he made his W.C. Fields shorts, including THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER, which everyone thought were even worse than this, and then basically retired against his will to write his memoirs.

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