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Master Minds (1949)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Comedy  |  27 November 1949 (USA)
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When Sach eats too much sugar, he goes into a trance whereby he's able to predict the future. Slip tries to make some money off of Sach by using him as a fortune teller in a carnival, until... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Gabriel Dell ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Bernard Gorcey ...
Glenn Strange ...
Atlas the Monster
Benny Bartlett ...
Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
David Gorcey ...
Skelton Knaggs ...
William Yetter Sr. ...
Otto (as William Yetter)
Minerva Urecal ...
Mrs. Hoskins
Chester Clute ...
Mike Barton
Pat Goldin ...


When Sach eats too much sugar, he goes into a trance whereby he's able to predict the future. Slip tries to make some money off of Sach by using him as a fortune teller in a carnival, until a mad scientist kidnaps Sach to use him in an intelligence-switching experiment with a monster. Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Comedy






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27 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Profeta da Favela  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sometimes the censors are asleep at the switch. Near the end of the movie during a scene with a lot of hubbub, Gabe says to Satch, the monster, "Hey, don't you remember me? I'm your pal. We used to write our names in the snow." This a reference to a feat practiced by boys in snowy climes. See more »


Gabe Moreno: If you think you can get away with this, you're insane.
Dr. Druzik: A lot of brilliant scientists are considered insane.
Gabe Moreno: Why don't you be different?
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Master Minds (1949) **1/2
12 July 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

You wouldn't know by its title, but this Bowery Boys comedy is of interest to old horror film fans like me, with a "mad doctor" plot and a cast featuring various monster movie personalities. Here we have the dimwitted Sach (Huntz Hall) amazingly endowed with special powers each time he aggravates a nagging toothache by chomping on candy. He gains the uncanny ability to accurately predict future happenings a la Nostradamus, and is quickly exploited as a sideshow attraction by his greedy partner Slip Mahoney (Leo Gorcey). Meanwhile, an eccentric scientist (Alan Napier) decides that Sach's mind is the perfect one to transfer to his growling man/ape Atlas (Glenn Strange), and sets out to kidnap Sach.

The main attraction here is getting to watch the usually limited Glenn Strange (who played Frankenstein's stumbling Monster in some of Universal's classics like the previous year's ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN) do some of his most notable work. Strange is a marvel to behold when he switches minds with the prissy and childlike Sach, impersonating Huntz Hall's effeminate mannerisms and miming to his voice-overs. Among the familiar cast are Jane Adams and Skelton Knaggs (both also appeared with Glenn Strange in Universal's "House Of Dracula"), who play assistants to the doctor. Alan Napier is not quite right for this type of "mad doctor" part ... too bad they couldn't have gotten Bela Lugosi or John Carradine. The funniest part of the movie is an early scene where Sach is on stage predicting unpleasant outcomes for a few frazzled audience members, but the second half could have been tighter. The brain-swapping shenanigans are cute enough, but are all over the place. Still, a standout entry in the '40s Bowery Boys series. **1/2 out of ****

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