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Up in Smoke (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 December 1957 (USA)
In order to be able to get the names of winning horses at the track, Sach agrees to sell his soul to the devil.

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William Beaudine

Writers:

Bert Lawrence (story), Jack Townley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Stanley Clements ... Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Eddie LeRoy ... Blinky
Dick Elliott ... Mike
Judy Bamber ... Mabel
Byron Foulger ... Satan
Ralph Sanford ... Sam
Ric Roman ... Tony
Joe Devlin ... Al
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In order to be able to get the names of winning horses at the track, Sach agrees to sell his soul to the devil.

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MAN! WHAT A ZANY JAM! THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY TO THAT WELL-KNOWN PLACE BELOW! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy

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The 47th of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »

Quotes

Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: This horse has got to lose if I race it myself!
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Follows Angels in Disguise (1949) See more »

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I don't know why I watched this one....but at least it was different!
27 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Bowery Boys made 48 films...48! And that's not even counting the films they made as the Dead End Kids, the East Side Kids and other variations on the group of young jerks. So it's not at all surprising that by the latter films, the formula had gotten very, very old. In fact, Leo Gorcey (after the death of his father) quit the films and yet they still continued making them with Huntz Hall the star of these craptastic pictures. Even for fans of the films, these last few pictures were pretty limp and unappealing...though this one is a bit of an improvement...surprisingly.

While it is their second to last film, at least "Up in Smoke" is a bit of a departure for the gang...such as it is. As usual, the boys are out of money but this time Sach says, offhandedly, that he'd sell his soul to the Devil to know the winners of horse races. Well, wouldn't you know it but Satan immediately appears and offers him a deal...one week of long-shot horse race winners for Sach's miserable soul. The problem is that Sach is a total idiot and again and again and again he keeps screwing up and missing out on the big money. In the process, they get the attention of some gamblers...and these gamblers are pretty nasty.

The best thing about this film is seeing Byron Foulger playing the Devil. This very familiar character actor is excellent as a very nice and dapper Devil. I also enjoyed the ending...but I also think the filmmakers missed a golden opportunity. Think how wonderful it would have been to make this the last film AND it ended with Sach going to Hell!!


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Language:

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22 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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