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The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)

Merlin Jones, a precocious and intelligent high-school boy, experiments with hypnosis and creates a mind-reading machine. However, his experiments land him in deep trouble with the law.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screen story), Alfred Lewis Levitt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tommy Kirk ... Merlin Jones
Annette Funicello ... Jennifer (as Annette)
Leon Ames ... Judge Holmsby / Lex Fortas
Stuart Erwin ... Police Captain Loomis
Alan Hewitt ... Professor Shattuck
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Gossett, Holmby's Housekeeper
Dal McKennon Dal McKennon ... Detective Hutchins
Norman Grabowski ... Norman, Midvale Football Player
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Storyline

Merlin Jones, a precocious and intelligent high-school boy, experiments with hypnosis and creates a mind-reading machine. However, his experiments land him in deep trouble with the law. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The PROFESSOR'S APPRENTICE goes way-out in the CRAZIEST unscientific-experiment since FLUBBER was invented! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Desventuras de Merlin Jones See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

Judge Holmsby obviously has no lenses in his glasses frames. See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Was this originally filmed as a potential T.V. series?
7 June 2007 | by alan4artgSee all my reviews

The movie seems to have dramatic arcs that end at 45 minutes. First 45 minutes is about mind reading. The second 45 minutes was about hypnotism. Both almost seemed disconnected from each other. If there is anyone out there who knows about the production or about this T.V. show....Uh.. oops..I mean movie, let me know. I guess I'll have to mention my guess for why this Potential television series did not happen. The scandal of Disney discovering that "Tommy Kirk" was not heterosexual, caused Disney to drop his contract. Since the series was already in the can, they had to do something with it. So to make some money back, they linked two of the four episodes into two feature films. Again if somebody out there has the real answer...write.


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