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Hold That Line (1952)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 23 March 1952 (USA)
In a precursor to Trading Places (1983), the Bowery Boys are enrolled in a fancy college by a pair of rich snobs who think they can turn the Boys into classy guys. Sach becomes a football ... See full summary »

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Biff Wallace
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Candy Calin
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Katie Wayne
Gloria Winters ...
Penny Wells
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Dean Forrester
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Louie Dumbrowsky / Morris Dumbrowsky
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Junior (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
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Chuck (as David Conden)
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Butch (as David Bartlett)
Francis Pierlot ...
A.J. Billingsley
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Morgan T. Stanhope
Robert Nichols ...
Harold Lane (as Bob Nichols)
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Coach Rowland
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In a precursor to Trading Places (1983), the Bowery Boys are enrolled in a fancy college by a pair of rich snobs who think they can turn the Boys into classy guys. Sach becomes a football star, and is kidnapped by gangsters to keep him out of the big game. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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Shot in six days. See more »

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A shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth on the door in the dean's office as he's dressing down the boys after the explosion. See more »

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Follows Trouble Makers (1948) See more »

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Mediocre Entry in a mediocre series
13 October 2005 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

I find it difficult to understand how this trivial bit of fluff got such high ratings. Like many of us, I enjoyed these films when I was a child, but, unlike others, these haven't withstood the test of time well. About the only thing that still works in these 'comedies' are Leo Gorcey's malapropisms. The rest is just lame. Huntz Hall may have been better in his younger days, but by the time this was made, the group was well into their thirties, and showing signs of age. And the supporting gang members have absolutely nothing to do in this film. Apparently they were just there for decoration. They barely even have any lines to say. Even the physical humor is a series of lame and hackneyed bits stolen from a dozen other comedians. Gorcey's real-life father is just another annoying yiddish comedian. One can see why he only appeared in these films. I rated this a 4 only for nostalgia reasons. And at least it's short and not dull...for the most part.


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