IMDb > Zotz! (1962)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Zotz! (1962) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
6.0/10   457 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Ray Russell (screenplay)
Walter Karig (novel)
View company contact information for Zotz! on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
A Forgotten Castle Film, In Need of Revival See more (21 total) »


  (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)
Patricia Breslin ... Clip from 'Homicidal' (archive footage) (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)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
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 »


Where's my DVD? Remember seeing this at the theater. Fun.
See more »
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Forgotten Castle Film, In Need of Revival, 25 October 2009
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A professor of ancient Asian languages (Tom Poston) comes across a coin sent to his niece from a former student. After translating the coin's inscription, he finds that the bearer has godlike power: he can slow time, or even kill living things simply by pointing his finger and saying "zotz".

This is one of the lesser known William Castle films, not even released on DVD until October 20, 2009 (which you should pick up in the magnificent Castle Collection available now). It is less horror, more science fiction and a healthy dose of comedy. We have the absent-minded professor, some goofy Russians, and some cheesy special effects. Critics have complained that the film cheapens the book for the sake of focusing on special effects: I don't agree. The effects are amusing, but not a focal point of the film for me.

As for the book, which I confess I haven't read, it seems that Castle did not stray too far from the source. Written as an allegory about the danger of nuclear weapons during World War II, only one major change was made: moving the setting to the Cold War. The nuclear weapon analogy is there, and we have the hint of an arms race, which I think is a far more poignant issue than World War II's nuclear concerns.

I enjoyed this film greatly. As I said, you must pick up the William Castle Collection. He's truly a master of the genre, and even forgotten films like this illustrate that. I hope this film's release generates a resurgence of interest in Castle's films, or at the very least additional showings of them at screenings and on networks such as AMC.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (21 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Zotz! (1962)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Has anyone seen this on TV or anywhere? wrx0rocky
Zotz DVD bobes6
Pretty far fetched tgemberl
Lots in common with Eddie Murphy's Nutty Professor I? idrmrsr
The Final Scene terrellholmes
filming locations? tresfun
See more »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.