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Up in Smoke (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 December 1957 (USA)
In order to be able to get the names of winning horses at the track, Sach agrees to sell his soul to the devil.

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In order to be able to get the names of winning horses at the track, Sach agrees to sell his soul to the devil.

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This film, and In the Money (1958), were the last two films in the Bowery Boys series. They were made because Huntz Hall still had two films left on his contract with Allied Artists. See more »

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Mabel: What's a bookie?
Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: It ain't a librarian.
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Bowery Boys #47
19 April 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Up in Smoke (1957)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Not to be confused with the Cheech and Chong flick from the 70s, this was the next-to-last entry in the long-running Bowery Boys series. Sach (Huntz Hall), Duke (Stanley Clements) and the boys are raising money for a kid suffering from polio but Sach loses the money when he's given a fake horse tip. Then Sach says he'd be willing to sell his soul for some money and the Devil (Byron Foulger) pops up offering him winning horses for a week and after wards Sach will belong to him. From what I've read the series was going to come to an end after the last picture but Hall still owed the studio two more movies so they decided to make them Bowery Boy movies instead of starting something fresh. I guess you have to give the supporting cast and Hall credit for at least giving it their all when they knew the series was over but there's just no way they could overcome this screenplay, which is extremely poor. The biggest problem is that there's nothing that really happens after Sach sells his soul. Each day the Devil pops up, gives Sach the tip and something will happen to where he can't bet the horse. This happens several times and after the third time you'll be wishing that the Devil would just go against his deal and steal the soul so that we the viewer can be done with the film. It probably didn't help matters that 'One Shot' Beaudine was behind the camera as every shot looks rather generic and there's not a bit of energy to be found anywhere. As I said, the cast at least gives a good effort with both Hall and Clements once again doing good work together. That is, whenever the two are on screen together. For the most part Hall is working on his own here as he has quite a few scenes where he's either with one of the supporting players like the Devil or the gamblers. Foulger certainly makes for one of the nicest Devils in the history of Hell but he was very good in the part as was Dick Elliott as Dick the restaurant owner. As is the case with any comedy, if there aren't any laughs then the movie isn't worth viewing and sadly UP IN SMOKE doesn't offer very many. There's a small bit with the boys trying to sell their car, which is somewhat funny but this scene certainly isn't great enough to watch the entire movie for it.


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