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Hold That Hypnotist(1957)

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Reincarnation was all the rage in the late 1950s after a Colorado housewife claimed to have discovered a past life as Irish farm girl Bridie Murphy. The Bowery Boys at Allied Artists came up with their own reincarnation story within a year. This time its Sach (Huntz Hall) who discovers under hypnosis that he had been a tax collector in 17th century England. That leads the Bowery Boys in a slapstick race to beat the crooked hypnotist to a pirate's treasure only Sach's past self can find. This was the 44th of the 48 Bowery Boys movies and only the third made after Leo Gorcey left. With the death of Gorcey's father, Bernard, who played the owner of the malt shop where the boys hung out, the focus shifted to the boarding house where they all lived. Stanley Clements, who had appeared in a few of their earlier films as the East Side Kids, stepped in as Hall's comedy partner. Fortunately Hall still got to show off his talents as a farceur. His past self even gets some nifty scenes with B-movie star Mel Welles as Blackbeard the Pirate.

By Frank Miller

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