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Ray Russell (screenplay)
Walter Karig (novel)
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Release Date:
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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Louis Nye]as the death ray inventor. He and Tom Poston, along with Don Knotts, were regulars "The New Steve Allen Show" (1961) and were famous for the recurring "Man on the Street" skits.See more »
Continuity: At the tennis court, the same group of people walk behind Prof. Jones twice.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)See more »


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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
creative, 23 May 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

Here's something that you don't see every day. In "Zotz!", a college professor (Tom Poston) discovers an ancient coin which has three uses for whomever holds it: if you point to someone, the person feels a sharp pain; if you say "zotz" to someone, the person goes into slow motion; if you point to someone and say "zotz", it kills the person. Not only does he start using it throughout town - with some unintended consequences - but the Soviet Union gets wind of the story (so you know what that means).

Overall, the movie was pretty (seeing him make Jim Backus move in slow motion was something), but the part about the Russian agents trying to steal the coin was sort of silly.

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