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Zotz! (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | July 1962 (USA)
A professor comes into possession of an amulet with magical powers.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Ray Russell (screenplay), Walter Karig (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Poston ... Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade ... Prof. Virginia Fenster
Jim Backus ... Horatio Kellgore
Fred Clark ... Gen. Bullivar
Cecil Kellaway ... Dean Joshua Updike
Zeme North Zeme North ... Cynthia Jones
Margaret Dumont ... Persephone Updike
James Millhollin ... Dr. Kroner
Carl Don Carl Don ... Josh Bates
Mike Mazurki ... Igor
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Storyline

Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or kill. Soon, he's pursued by enemy spies who have learned about the magic coin. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Zay It, Zee It and Zoon! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Moeda Mágica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Zotz" is an ancient Mayan word that means "bat" (the flying mammal). In Mayan mythology there is a bat god called Camazotz. See more »

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When Professor Jones is being given directions, the officer tells him that the five sides of the Pentagon building are lettered A through E. This is not correct. The letter designations are given to the five pentagonal "rings", with A the innermost and E the outermost. Ten numbered corridors connect the rings. Offices are designated by floor number, ring letter, corridor and room number, e.g., 4C515, a system that is far less complicated than the one being explained. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prof. Jonathan Jones: [studying his niece's breakfast of bacon & eggs] Tsk tsk. Poison. Slow death.
Cynthia Jones: Yes, but what a way to go.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia Pictures logo in the opening has William Castle seated nearby, he points at the Torch Lady and says "Zotz!" and she turns and asks him what that is. See more »

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Referenced in Password All-Stars: Peggy Cass vs. Tom Poston (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhapsody in Blue
(uncredited)
By George Gershwin
[Snatches in the headlines montage scene]
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User Reviews

Worth seeing, if only for Poston and Backus!
9 May 2003 | by innocuousSee all my reviews

I own an original copy of this movie on VHS and a copy of Walter Karig's book of the same title. They are both little treasures and should be enjoyed when they are available to you.

Karig's book is a satirical little allegory and ends in a manner quite unlike the movie. I don't want to give away the ending of either, but I can assure you that you will enjoy reading the book even if you have already seen the movie (and vice-versa.) I will warn you, though, that the ending in the book is NOT necessarily a happy one.

As for the movie, it is indeed a departure from the norm for William Castle, but he dabbled in comedy in several other movies, so it is not THAT out of character. After all, the movie deals with what are essentially supernatural forces.

Contrary to what some other reviewers have written, I would argue that this move is much closer in tone to Disney's "Absent-Minded Professor" movies. There are the usual bumbling academics, the sexy-but-safe women, the well-meaning but suspicious Federal agents, the vaguely- threatening-but-incompetent foreign agents, and the likable and innocent hero. When the day is done, the hero defeats the villains, the self-righteous get their comeuppance, the girl gets the guy, and the "secret" is lost again...maybe.

The FX are about average for B-movies of that period. As a kid, I was astonished, but they definitely show their age when I watch it now.

I really think that kids today would enjoy seeing this movie. Give it a chance, if you get one. This is one rare movie to find on tape.


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