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Private Eyes (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 6 December 1953 (USA)
After being punched in the nose, Sach finds out that he has the ability to read minds. Slip and the gang start up a detective agency try to cash in on Sach's new powers.


Edward Bernds


Elwood Ullman (original screenplay), Edward Bernds (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Slip Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Sach
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie
Robert Osterloh ... Prof. Damon
Joyce Holden ... Myra Hagen
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Soapy (as William Phillips)
Rudy Lee Rudy Lee ... Herbie
William Forrest ... John Graham
Chick Chandler ... Eddie
David Gorcey ... Chuck (as David Condon)
Benny Bartlett ... Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Lou Lubin ... Oskar
Tim Ryan ... Andy - the Cop
Peter Mamakos ... Chico
Edith Leslie Edith Leslie ... Aggie - the Nurse


When Sach is hit on the nose by Herbie, Sach develops a mystic-mind power. This prompts Slip, Chuck, Butch and Louie to buy the Eagle Eye Detective Agency...using, of course, Louie's money. In waltzes Myra Hagen, who leaves with the boys a valuable fur coat and a sealed letter, to be given to the District Attorney, in the event anything happens to her. John Graham, makes his entrance following Myra's exit, and he poses as an insurance man, but is actually with the fur crooks, and he is given the coat but the Boys are unable to produce the letter, since Sach, has wrecked the office by blowing up the safe, and the latter has vanished. But, in the event it shows up, Professor Damon, leader of the gang and operating a Health Farm as a cover, has his henchmen "Soapy" and Al kidnap Herbie as a ransom against the delivery of the letter, which blows the lid on the gang. Slip, disguised as a Viennese doctor, and Sach, as an invalid old woman wearing Mary Pickford curls, go the the Farm to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"As one Ubangi said to the other one: don't give me none of your lip."
9 October 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Sach gets a punch in the face and he somehow gains the ability to read minds. They really weren't trying at this point, were they? Anyhoo, this is the thirty-second entry in the Bowery Boys series. This one has the gang opening a private detective business, using Sach's newfound mental power to get mixed up with gangsters and an attractive blonde. They'd been mixed up with gangsters and blondes before without the mind-reading angle so I'm not sure why they felt it was necessary. But a lot of these movies tend to center around Sach getting a special power or ability. Also in this entry we learn that Louie apparently has a back room to his little Sweet Shop that is big enough to be used as a gym. Lazy writing is lazy. It's not great stuff but there are some laughs here and there, mostly coming from Leo Gorcey's humorous malapropisms. Even as a fan of the Bowery Boys, I will admit at this point the series was getting tired and monotonous. The Boys were boys in name only (at least one has a receding hairline) and the plots were repeating themselves movie after movie with some superficial changes. Anyway it's watchable for fans but doubtful casual viewers will like it much.

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6 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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Bowery Bloodhounds See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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