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The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 25 March 1964 (USA)
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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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 ... Detective Hutchins
Norman Grabowski ... Norman, Midvale Football Player
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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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The PROFESSOR'S APPRENTICE goes way-out in the CRAZIEST unscientific-experiment since FLUBBER was invented! See more »

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Family | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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This marked Annette Funicello's return to Disney after making "Beach Party" (1963) for American International. She would also be cast in the sequel, "The Monkey's Uncle" (1965), which would be the final movie that Disney would cast her in. See more »

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

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References The Shaggy Dog (1959) See more »

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A TV show released theatrically
4 September 2019 | by imlong54See all my reviews

Merlin Jones was intended to be two episodes of Walt Disney's Sunday night hour long anthology series "The Wonderful World of Color." For some reason, they decided to release it theatrically instead. Disney produced some very good films for his TV series like the 3 part Scarecrow of Romney Marsh and the Gallagher Boy Reporter episodes which were very highly rated. Merlin Jones was a theatrical hit for some odd reason, though far less entertaining than aforementioned programs. One can never predict what the American public will buy but even at the time this was pedestrian entertainment. I realized that even at 10 years old when I saw it at my local movie house.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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