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Zotz! (1962)

Zotz! (1962)

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Professor Jones (Tom Poston) is an absent-minded scholar of ancient languages who comes across a rare old coin. The coin possesses the power to inflict pain or slow motion on the intended victim at the simple point of a finger. A combination of the two inflictions causes death. Soon the Pentagon and Russian secret agents converge on the befuddled teacher and try to get the magic coin from him in this comedic fantasy. Margaret Dumont plays the role of the blue-blooded wife of the confused university dean.

Cast

Tom Poston
as Prof. Jonathan Jones
Julia Meade
as Prof. Virginia Fenster
Cecil Kellaway
as Dean Joshua Updike
Jim Backus
as Prof. Horatio Kellgore
Fred Clark
as Gen. Bulliver
Zeme North
as Cynthia Jones
Margaret Dumont
as Persephone Updike
James Millhollin
as Dr. Kroner
Carl Don
as Josh Bates
Jim Hawkins
as Jimmy Kellgore
Bart Patton
as Mr. Crane
Judee Morton
as Miss Blakiston
Michael Westfield
as Capt. Byron
Russ Whiteman
as Maj. Folger
George Moorman
as Lt. John G. Stefanski
Elaine Martone
as Secretary
Albert Glasser
as `Khrushchev'
Louis Nye
as Hugh Fundy (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Zotz!

All Critics (2)

William Castle tries but fails with this one.

May 18, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Just a dreadful film.

March 16, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zotz!

"Zotz!" has a fun premise, a good cast (Tom Poston, Jim Backus, even Marx brothers legend Margaret Dumont) and William Castle's slick directing style, so why is this film such a drag? Poston is a college professor of languages who gets his hands on an ancient coin that bestows three magic powers upon its owner. Simultaneously, he is competing with Backus for a department promotion and courting an attractive new faculty member. So far, so good. But what are those powers? Something exciting like invisibility, telekinesis, flying or mind-reading? Nope. He can cause intense stomach pain, make things run in slow motion or shut down a person (or machine) altogether. Ho hum. Not so interesting, eh? "Zotz!" never overcomes this script problem, and a late attempt to add Cold War-era Soviet villains doesn't help.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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