5.8/10
86
3 user 2 critic

Hot Shots (1956)

Approved | | Comedy | 23 December 1956 (USA)
A precocious young TV star steals Sach's and Duke's car, and they run up against some network executives when they go to find out what happened. The executives believe that the boys know ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hot Shots! (1991)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"Rambo" parody in which Topper Harley leads a rescue team into Iraq to save Iraqi war prisoners and all of their previous rescue teams.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino
Hotshot (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The story of an American soccer player trying to make it big who turns to Pele, the greatest soccer player of all time, for guidance.

Director: Rick King
Stars: Jim Youngs, Pelé, Billy Warlock
Hot Cars (1956)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A salt-of-earth family man needs money for his sick son, and decides to keep a job at a used car lot despite realizing it is selling stolen cars.

Director: Don McDougall
Stars: John Bromfield, Carol Shannon, Joi Lansing
High Society (1955)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sach is informed that he is the heir to the fortune of a high society mogul. When he arrives for the reading of the will, he discovers that the real heir is a young boy, and that Sach's ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey
Pier 23 (1951)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Private detective finds himself framed for the murders of a wrestler and a crooked referee, then for the murder of a mystery man posing as a new parolee from Alcatraz.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Hugh Beaumont, Ann Savage, Edward Brophy
Spook Chasers (1957)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The gang gets stuck during a thunderstorm in a spooky mansion, where they run into ghosts, gorillas and various "apparitions."

Director: George Blair
Stars: Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Darlene Fields
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sach recalls his days as a spy during World War II when he was sent to an Arabian kingdom disguised as a Nazi officer to make contact with an underground leader known only as "The Hawk."

Director: Austen Jewell
Stars: Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Lili Kardell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Austen Jewell
Stars: Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Jane Nigh
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker
FBI Girl (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A governor planning to run for U.S. Senate has a secret past that could prove damaging to his political aspirations: he's a convicted murderer, and that will come to light if the FBI does ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke
Stars: Cesar Romero, George Brent, Audrey Totter
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ryan Harrison is framed for murder and must prove himself innocent by finding a mysterious one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged man after escaping from a bus accident on the way to jail.

Director: Pat Proft
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Richard Crenna, Kelly LeBrock
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Stanley Clements ...
...
Connie Forbes
Philip Phillips ...
Joey Munroe (as Phil Phillips)
David Gorcey ...
Chuck (as David Condon)
Jimmy Murphy ...
Queenie Smith ...
Mrs. Kate Kelly
...
Pierre M. Morley
Mark Dana ...
George Slater
Henry Rowland ...
Karl
...
Mrs. Taylor
Edit

Storyline

A precocious young TV star steals Sach's and Duke's car, and they run up against some network executives when they go to find out what happened. The executives believe that the boys know how to handle the little brat, and hire them as the boy's companions, with the titles of Vice President. Soon afterward the boy's uncle and manager kidnap him for ransom, and Sach and Duke set out to rescue the boy. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bowery boys | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Those Hilarious Madcaps are in TV now...and driving it CR-A-A-AZY! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bringing Up Joey  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The 43rd of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »

Connections

Follows Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Bowery Boys #43
27 March 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hot Shots (1956)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The forty-third film in the Bowery Boys series or the second in the Gorcey-less series depending on how you want to look at it. Sach (Huntz Hall) and Duke (Stanley Clements) become involved with an 8-year-old TV star (Philip Phillips) after he tries stealing their car. Soon the boys realize that the kid is being used and taken advantage of by his uncle so they try to put a stop to it but the mean uncle has planned the kids kidnapping. HOT SHOTS is the second film in a row to fall flat on its face and it's easy to see that the series has ran out of gas and the new cast and director simply can't put any spark into it. Once again we're dealing with a very bad screenplay that is clearly written for kids in mind but I'd say the slapstick is a lot less than in some of the later Gorcey pictures and it's clear that the writers didn't know how to put a story around the new leads. Hall was a very capable actor when he was supporting Gorcey and at times the earlier films would allow him to be the lead but the screenplay here simply doesn't know how to use him. Quite often his brand of comedy just comes across so forced and out-of-place that you can't help but wonder what he's doing. Hall is giving the same old Sach performance but it simply doesn't mix with the other comics. Clements once again doesn't mix with Hall as the two have no chemistry and it's impossible for the two to act together as a comic team. It also doesn't help that Phillips is without question very annoying here. The kid comes off as such a little brat that you can't help but not care about anything that is going on with him. Even worse is how unfunny the guy is. Robert Shayne is decent in his role and blonde bombshell Joi Lansing is actually pretty good in her bit. HOT SHOTS lasts just 61-minutes but it feels much longer and that's never a good thing when you're watching a "B" picture. There are four more films in the series so lets hope it redeems itself somewhat because this and the previous picture were clear signs that they should have pulled the plug.


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hot Shots (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?