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Ray Russell (screenplay)
Walter Karig (novel)
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Release Date:
July 1962 (USA) See more »
Zay It, Zee It and Zoon! See more »
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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Worth seeing, if only for Poston and Backus! See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

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

Jim Backus ... Horatio Kellgore

Fred Clark ... Gen. Bullivar

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

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

Mike Mazurki ... Igor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Cop (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Observer on Street (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Bald-Headed Man (uncredited)
Ella Mae Brown ... Maid (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
Susan Dorn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Angus Duncan ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Albert Glasser ... Nikita Khruschev (uncredited)
Albert Grazer ... Pilot (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Jimmy Kellgore (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Reporter (uncredited)
Elaine Martone ... Secretary (uncredited)
George Moorman ... Lieutenant John G. Stefanski (uncredited)
Judee Morton ... Miss Blakiston (uncredited)
Louis Nye ... Hugh Fundy (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bart Patton ... Mr. Crane (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Remick ... Manager (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Driver (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Westfield ... Captain Byron (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Major Folger (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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Director Trademark: [William Castle] [gimmick]Upon its initial theatrical release, "Zotz" plastic coins were given to ticket buyers.See more »
Continuity: At the tennis court, the same group of people walk behind Prof. Jones twice.See more »
[first lines]
Prof. Jonathan Jones:[studying his niece's breakfast of bacon & eggs] Tsk tsk. Poison. Slow death.
Cynthia Jones:Yes, but what a way to go.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)See more »
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Worth seeing, if only for Poston and Backus!, 9 May 2003
Author: innocuous from Raleigh, NC, USA

I own an original copy of this movie on VHS and a copy of Walter Karig's book of the same title. They are both little treasures and should be enjoyed when they are available to you.

Karig's book is a satirical little allegory and ends in a manner quite unlike the movie. I don't want to give away the ending of either, but I can assure you that you will enjoy reading the book even if you have already seen the movie (and vice-versa.) I will warn you, though, that the ending in the book is NOT necessarily a happy one.

As for the movie, it is indeed a departure from the norm for William Castle, but he dabbled in comedy in several other movies, so it is not THAT out of character. After all, the movie deals with what are essentially supernatural forces.

Contrary to what some other reviewers have written, I would argue that this move is much closer in tone to Disney's "Absent-Minded Professor" movies. There are the usual bumbling academics, the sexy-but-safe women, the well-meaning but suspicious Federal agents, the vaguely- threatening-but-incompetent foreign agents, and the likable and innocent hero. When the day is done, the hero defeats the villains, the self-righteous get their comeuppance, the girl gets the guy, and the "secret" is lost again...maybe.

The FX are about average for B-movies of that period. As a kid, I was astonished, but they definitely show their age when I watch it now.

I really think that kids today would enjoy seeing this movie. Give it a chance, if you get one. This is one rare movie to find on tape.

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