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Ray Russell (screenplay)
Walter Karig (novel)
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July 1962 (USA) See more »
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Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tom Poston ... Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade ... Prof. Virginia Fenster

Jim Backus ... Prof. Horatio Kellgore

Fred Clark ... Gen. Bullivar

Cecil Kellaway ... Dean Joshua Updike
Zeme North ... Cynthia Jones

Margaret Dumont ... Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ... Dr. R.A. Kroner
Carl Don ... Josh Bates

Mike Mazurki ... Igor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Cop (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Party Guest (uncredited)

William Castle ... Himself, Pre-Title Sequence (uncredited)
Susan Dorn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Albert Glasser ... Nikita Khruschev (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Jimmy Kellgore (uncredited)
Elaine Martone ... Secretary (uncredited)
George Moorman ... 1st Lt. John G. Stefanski (uncredited)

Judee Morton ... Miss Blakiston (uncredited)
Louis Nye ... Hugh Fundy (uncredited)
Bart Patton ... Mr. Crane (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Pentagon Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Westfield ... Capt. Nestor Byron (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Maj. Percy Foulger (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Ray Russell (screenplay)

Walter Karig (novel)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bernard Green 
Cinematography by
Gordon Avil (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe  (as James M. Crowe)
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator
Music Department
Bernard Green .... conductor
Other crew
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Director Trademark: [William Castle] [gimmick]Upon its initial theatrical release, "Zotz" plastic coins were given to ticket buyers.See more »
Errors in geography: When Professor Jones is being given directions, the officer tells him that the five sides of the Pentagon building are lettered A through E. This is not correct. The letter designations are given to the five pentagonal "rings", with A the innermost and E the outermost. Ten numbered corridors connect the rings. Offices are designated by floor number, ring letter, corridor and room number, e.g., 4C515, a system that is far less complicated than the one being explained.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)See more »


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ZOTZ! (William Castle, 1962) **12, 25 April 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Although William Castle hit the jackpot when he almost exclusively dedicated himself to Horror from 1958 onwards, he still made the occasional detour to other genres, mostly Comedy. His first such excursion was this Fantasy spoof about a nerdy Ancient Languages professor who comes in possession of an old amulet that has the trifold powers of instilling bouts of acute pain at persons being pointed at, make people act in slow motion when the magic titular word is spoken and, when both actions are combined, make the subject in question instantly combust! Tom Poston – who a year later reunited with the director in the ill-conceived Hammer Films remake of James Whale's sublime THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932) – stars as the healthy-lifestyle-freak hero who, apart from tending to his youthful niece, is contending the soon-to-be vacant position of the college Dean (currently held by Cecil Kellaway) with pompous European Languages professor Jim Backus.

To further confound the impending promotion issue, the undecided Kellaway hires a female professor (Julia Meade) that fits both faculties; as it turns out, Poston had already met the latter just as he discovered the supernatural potential of the amulet…although, bafflingly enough, this initial evidence manifests itself through the outbreak of a massive thunderstorm which robs Meade of all her attire when she is struck by lightning! The highlights of such displays of the amulet's power occur during Kellaway's farewell party – where Poston makes Backus warble his way protractedly through his tribute speech – and in the aftermath of an earlier party at Kellaway's house where Poston follows his niece (who is wearing the amulet and is unaware of its powers) around town as she is mowing down pained pedestrians when indicating the directions to her driver beau (who also happens to be Backus' son)!

The thing is that the Zotz amulet only works when in possession of the person speaking the word or pointing and, in fact, Poston makes a veritable fool of himself at Kellaway's house when, wishing to impress his outgoing superior and perhaps secure his promotion, he unleashes a bunch of mice during the above-mentioned party among the guests with the express intention of neutralizing them within seconds…which, of course, does not happen and leads to much panicking by the frazzled guests (including Kellaway's wife, played by former Groucho Marx foil Margaret Dumont). When Kellaway sends Poston to a psychiatric re-evaluation and a stretch of forced leave, the latter goes to Washington with the intention of selling his "invention" to top Army brass like Fred Clark (who completely misses a near-plane crash caused by Zotz!) as his attention is focused on his indoor golf playing. The same cannot be said of his Russian counterparts who kidnap the women in Poston's life – held captive by muscleman Mike Mazurki – while Poston is flied to Moscow! Thankfully, the young professor is too clever for his own captor, convinces them to turn back the plane and resolves matters (with a little help from Zotz, of course) in a rooftop chase with the three baddies.

Although the tricks of the amulet get to be repetitive after a while, the frothy concoction still pleases on the whole and the ironic conclusion – with the exotic coin finding itself at the bottom of the city sewers and Clark's assurance to the collected press that efforts are underway to retrieve it – is complemented by the amusing animated credits: in the opening ones, Castle "zotzes" Columbia's Torch Lady and, at the close, the studio logo is made to cheekily utter, "Zot's all, folks!"

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