Zotz!

Overview

TV actor Tom Poston stars as Prof. Jonathan Jones in this early feature-film appearance, a standard comedy-fantasy oriented to the youngsters. The good professor has come into possession of "zotz," a coin that has three magical properties. It can either cause intense pain if its bearer points an accusing finger at an intended victim or it can make things move in slow-motion, with the right command. If the accusatory finger and the command are used simultaneously, the victim dies. Naturally, just about everyone ...
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Overview

TV actor Tom Poston stars as Prof. Jonathan Jones in this early feature-film appearance, a standard comedy-fantasy oriented to the youngsters. The good professor has come into possession of "zotz," a coin that has three magical properties. It can either cause intense pain if its bearer points an accusing finger at an intended victim or it can make things move in slow-motion, with the right command. If the accusatory finger and the command are used simultaneously, the victim dies. Naturally, just about everyone wants this coin. The hapless professor is soon involved in problems at school, at the Pentagon, and worse yet, with a group of commie agents who have their own designs on the coin.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Zotz!, William Castle's adaptation of Walter Karig's satirical allegory, comes across as Castle's version of a live-action Disney film of the period. It's family-friendly; has a naïve hero thrust in the middle of chaotic action; and features silly professors, too-professional government agents, and even wily foreign evildoers (although these are very definitely Russian, rather than undefined, as was frequently the case with Disney). It's also silly and meaningless, and takes pains to bowdlerize a great deal of Karig's original story and significantly alter the ending. As a result, what could have been an interesting and unusual comedy for adults is, instead, a fairly routine, if amusing, comedy for kids. Still, Zotz! is entertaining, and it benefits from a sweet central performance from Tom Poston and some enjoyable supporting turns from Jim Backus and Cecil Kellaway. Castle and Ray Russell's direction is a little too broad; Castle was always better when letting humor be a minor undercurrent, rather the main goal of the film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 043396410114
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,938

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Poston Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade Prof. Virginia Fenster
Jim Backus Horatio Kellgore
Fred Clark Gen. Bulliver
Cecil Kellaway Dean Updike
Zeme North Cynthia Jones
Margaret Dumont Persephone Updike
James Millhollin Dr. Kroner
Carl Don Josh Bates
Mike Mazurki Igor
Jim Hawkins Jimmy Kellgore
Bart Patton Mr. Crane
Russ Whiteman Maj. Folger
Elaine Martone Secretary
Albert Glasser "Khrushchev"
Louis Nye
Judee Morton Miss Blakiston
Technical Credits
William Castle Director, Producer
Ray Russell Director, Screenwriter
Gordon Avil Cinematographer
Joseph di Bella Makeup
Edwin H. Bryant Editor
James Crowe Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Green Score Composer
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
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