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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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  (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?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
None Too Taxing, 22 December 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

William Castle's production of Zotz! is an engaging juvenile comedy featuring likeable Tom Poston as a fellow who comes across a coin that has magical powers, which in due time becomes a matter of interest to Soviet agents. The movie was heavily hyped for kids when first released, and pleased audiences at the time. Now it plays like a Disney version of an Ealing comedy, such as The Man In the White Suit, which it vaguely resembles, with Poston in the Alec Guinness role. This was an odd project for Castle, better known as a producer of horror movies, though it's pleasant enough if one is in an undemanding mood.

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