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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 »

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William Beaudine

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Tim Ryan (screenplay), Charles R. Marion (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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're a RAZZLE DAZZLE RIOT as COLLEGIATE CUT-UPS! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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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Followed by Loose in London (1953) See more »

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Bowery Boys #25
29 September 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hold That Line (1952)

** (out of 4)

A couple rich snobs make a bet that they can take any group of idiots off the street, send them to Ivy school and make them smart. Slip (Leo Gorcey), Sach (Huntz Hall) and the boys are selected but their dumbness follows them to college but Sach ends up making some "vitamins" that allow him to become a huge football star. As you can tell by the story, this was TRADING PLACES thirty-one years earlier than that classic 1983 film but don't expect the same quality. Yet again we've given a fairly weak story and not too much is done with it. Once again we have a plot where the boys get mixed up with gangsters who eventually kidnap Sach so that they can place bets on a big game. Other stuff in the film includes the boys of course mixing it up with the star football player, dealing with various college exams and we even get to see some football action. The football scenes are all filmed rather poorly and nothing else really works here either. The entire film has a very cheap look to it and it's clear that Beaudine is on auto-pilot as the scenes never really add up to much and the entire thing just feels rushed. There's one saving grace in the film and that's a sequence where the boys get hazed and must go into their old neighborhood in drag. The scene inside Louie's diner is very funny and seeing Louie in drag was well worth sitting through the film. Gorcey once again takes a backseat as his character really doesn't have too much to do. Hull takes over the lead and manages to be OK here and thankfully his character isn't as big a dope as some of the previous films. I'm sure fans of the series will want to check this one out but those new will certainly want to start somewhere else.


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