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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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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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Family | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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 »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

At the 17:46 mark, a girl in the library is overheard reading about Zachary Taylor being the "11th man to be president of the United States." He was in fact, 12th President, 1849-1850. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Monkey's Uncle (1965) See more »

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"His way-out brain is on Cloud 9!"
25 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Sleepy, over-the-hill "teenager" Tommy Kirk isn't really the ideal actor to carry a movie set on a mythical college campus, one wherein everyone is relentlessly energetic and colorful. Kirk is supposed to be wacky and wonderful too, but he's the most normal of the bunch, bland and grounded. Still, there are some chuckles in this Walt Disney production about a nerdy college whiz, and love-interest Annette Funicello is lively doing the same love-means-a-wedding-ring thing she perfected in the concurrent "Beach Party" flicks. Much preferable to its immediate sequel, "The Monkey's Uncle", which--despite an opening featuring Annette on stage with The Beach Boys!--just didn't have the heart or spirit of this one. *** from ****


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