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Hold That Line (1952)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 23 March 1952 (USA)
In a precursor to Trading Places (1983), the Bowery Boys are enrolled in a fancy college by a pair of rich snobs who think they can turn the Boys into classy guys. Sach becomes a football ... See full summary »


William Beaudine


Tim Ryan (screenplay), Charles R. Marion (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones, a.k.a. Hurricane Jones
John Bromfield ... Biff Wallace
Veda Ann Borg ... Candy Calin
Mona Knox ... Katie Wayne
Gloria Winters ... Penny Wells
Taylor Holmes ... Dean Forrester
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky / Morris Dumbrowsky
Gil Stratton ... Junior (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
David Gorcey ... Chuck (as David Conden)
Benny Bartlett ... Butch (as David Bartlett)
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... A.J. Billingsley
Pierre Watkin ... Morgan T. Stanhope
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Harold Lane (as Bob Nichols)
Paul Bryar ... Coach Rowland


In a precursor to Trading Places (1983), the Bowery Boys are enrolled in a fancy college by a pair of rich snobs who think they can turn the Boys into classy guys. Sach becomes a football star, and is kidnapped by gangsters to keep him out of the big game. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Action | Comedy | Sport


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Shot in six days in October 1951. See more »


A shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth on the door in the dean's office as he's dressing down the boys after the explosion. See more »


Follows In Fast Company (1946) See more »

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A lot like "A Chump at Oxford" and "Trading Places".
2 August 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In "A Chump at Oxford", Laurel & Hardy are both sent to Oxford by a beneficiary who does this to thank them for capturing some bank robbers. And, in "Trading Places" many decades later, two rich jerks take a man out of the gutter and make him over into a rich and successful stockbroker...just to see if clothes make the man! Both films are much like "Hold That Line" from the Bowery Boys.

The story begins at a rich gentlemen's club. Two of the members have made a bet. One insists that you could take a poor guy and place him in a top university and he'll be a success....the other disagrees. So they both go in search of a poor, undereducated soul to test the theory. In the process, they meet the Bowery Boys and decide to send all five to college!

At first, Sach nearly gets them thrown out of school when he accidentally creates dynamite in chemistry class. Later, Sach plays around with chemicals again...and he thinks he's created vitamis. Instead, he's made a formula that gives him phenomenal strength...and soon this boob is the star athlete of the school! And, when it comes to the big game, the film becomes a bit like "Horse Feathers"....when Chico and Harpo are kidnapped so they cannot play in (once again) the big football game!

As you may have noticed, there are quite a few story elements in "Hold That Line" that are very familiar. And, in a surprising twist, a newer film, "Trading Places", sure seems to be based, in part, on this Bowery Boys movie.

So is this any good? Yes, surprisingly so. While it's no classic, it had good momentum, a few laughs and kept my interest.

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23 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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Aguenta a Mão See more »

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1.37 : 1
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