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Private Eyes (1953)

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After being punched in the nose, Sach finds out that he has the ability to read minds. Slip and the gang start up a detective agency try to cash in on Sach's new powers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Bernard Gorcey ...
Robert Osterloh ...
Prof. Damon
Joyce Holden ...
Myra Hagen
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Soapy the Safecracker (as William Phillips)
Rudy Lee ...
William Forrest ...
Chick Chandler ...
Eddie the Detective
David Gorcey ...
Chuck (as David Condon)
Benny Bartlett ...
Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Lou Lubin ...
Tim Ryan ...
Andy the Cop
Peter Mamakos ...
Edith Leslie ...
Aggie the Nurse


When Sach is hit on the nose by Herbie, Sach develops a mystic-mind power. This prompts Slip, Chuck, Butch and Louie to buy the Eagle Eye Detective Agency...using, of course, Louie's money. In waltzes Myra Hagen, who leaves with the boys a valuable fur coat and a sealed letter, to be given to the District Attorney, in the event anything happens to her. John Graham, makes his entrance following Myra's exit, and he poses as an insurance man, but is actually with the fur crooks, and he is given the coat but the Boys are unable to produce the letter, since Sach, has wrecked the office by blowing up the safe, and the latter has vanished. But, in the event it shows up, Professor Damon, leader of the gang and operating a Health Farm as a cover, has his henchmen "Soapy" and Al kidnap Herbie as a ransom against the delivery of the letter, which blows the lid on the gang. Slip, disguised as a Viennese doctor, and Sach, as an invalid old woman wearing Mary Pickford curls, go the the Farm to ... Written by Les Adams <>

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6 December 1953 (USA)  »

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Bowery Boys #32
1 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Private Eyes (1953)

** (out of 4)

The Bowery Boys Club is doing just fine in back of Louie's parlor but after Sach (Huntz Hall) is punched in the nose he grows the ability to read people's minds. Sach (Leo Gorcey) gets the bright idea to buy a detective agency and sure enough a beautiful blonde comes in asking for help and the boys soon find themselves battling crooks. If you've hung around the series long enough to reach this thirty-second film then you're not going to see anything you haven't already but the film moves along well enough for the fans. I think the first twenty-minutes are the best as the stuff dealing with the boys club will certainly have you flashing back to the East Side Kids days and the stuff with Sach getting beat up was rather funny. The early stuff dealing with Sach reading everyones mind actually had some well-written lines but once the entire subplot dealing with the crooks kicks in we get one tired joke after another. It's a real shame that everything was pretty straight-forward because there's enough material that they could have done to make this much better. Very briefly does Sach do his Sherlock Holmes impersonation so why they didn't keep this going is beyond me. They set up all sort of noir elements but do nothing with them. Instead we get the same boring joke over and over and the final slapstick dash through the health resort just falls on its face as we get the same gag over and over with the main one being men falling into a hot tub. Both Hall and Gorcey seem to be up for the events as both deliver fine performances with energy. Bernard Gorcey doesn't get much to do this time, although he at least gets a pie in the face. The rest of the cast are just so-so. PRIVATE EYES isn't a good film by any stretch of the imagination but it's certainly better than you'd expect from the thirty-second film in a series.

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