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Hold That Line (1952)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 23 March 1952 (USA)
In a precursor to Trading Places (1983), the Bowery Boys are enrolled in a fancy college by a pair of rich snobs who think they can turn the Boys into classy guys. Sach becomes a football ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Tim Ryan (screenplay), Charles R. Marion (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones, a.k.a. Hurricane Jones
John Bromfield ... Biff Wallace
Veda Ann Borg ... Candy Calin
Mona Knox ... Katie Wayne
Gloria Winters ... Penny Wells
Taylor Holmes ... Dean Forrester
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky / Morris Dumbrowsky
Gil Stratton ... Junior (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
David Gorcey ... Chuck (as David Conden)
Benny Bartlett ... Butch (as David Bartlett)
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... A.J. Billingsley
Pierre Watkin ... Morgan T. Stanhope
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Harold Lane (as Bob Nichols)
Paul Bryar ... Coach Rowland
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In a precursor to Trading Places (1983), the Bowery Boys are enrolled in a fancy college by a pair of rich snobs who think they can turn the Boys into classy guys. Sach becomes a football star, and is kidnapped by gangsters to keep him out of the big game. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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They'll have you holding your sides -- from laughing! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gloria Winters plays Penny here and would be known as Penny in her most famous role on Sky King (1951). See more »

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A shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth on the door in the dean's office as he's dressing down the boys after the explosion. See more »

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Follows Blonde Dynamite (1950) See more »

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"You'll never live to regret your incision."
21 June 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Very funny Bowery Boys movie (twenty-fifth in the Monogram series) has the boys going to college! How can our favorite morons get into an ivy league school, you ask? Well, because two elderly alumni make a bet over whether the boys can succeed at their prestigious university. From there the movie goes a bit sideways and Sach takes a potion that makes him into a football star but, hey, it's still a better plot than most movies in the series. Huntz Hall gets the spotlight in this one, rubberfacing and acting like an idiot throughout. Lots of good slapstick with Huntz. Leo Gorcey is funny as ever, providing many great malapropisms, including a monologue in class that's quite a mouthful even for Leo. Bernard Gorcey is adorable as Louie the Sweet Shop owner (and, in a hilarious bit, as his mustachioed brother Morris). It's interesting to notice as the series wore on how much bigger his role got and how much more he brought to the table than most of the non-Slip or Sach Bowery Boys. David Gorcey and Bennie Bartlett are both around. Future sportscaster Gil Stratton joins the gang in this entry. He would only appear in two Bowery Boys films, including this one. He basically does nothing in the whole film. Veda Ann Borg, Gloria Winters, and Mona Knox provide the pretty. It's not my favorite Bowery Boys flick but it is a fun one. I can't imagine fans of the series not liking it.


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