April 5 / Prod. No. 4238 / 16
m / p d Jules White
/ st Felix
Adler / scr Jack White / ad Willard
Sheldon / ph Irving Lippman / e
Harold White / a Cary Odell
/ C: Vernon Dent (Insurance Adjuster, in stock footage),
Beverly Thomas, Barbara Bartay (Chorus Girls), Mary Ainslee (Mary, in
stock footage), Bonnie Menjum (Chorus Girl), Don Harvey (Jack), David
Bond (Svengarlic), Frank Sully (Jim), Dick Alexander (Fat Cop) and Jimmy
Lloyd (Cliff, in stock footage)
A partial remake of Hocus Pocus.
In this version, it is never established that wheelchair-bound Mary
is scheming to defraud the Calamity Insurance Company. Instead, the
bad guy is the hypnotist The Great Svengarlic, who is in cahoots with
a crew of bank robbers. The Stooges still fall off a skyscraper flagpole,
but instead of foiling Mary's insurance scam, they break up a robbery
in progress at the Gottrox Jewelry Company.
A remake of Hocus Pocus. New scenes
include establishing Svengarlic's crooked motives and the Stooges'
encountering three chorus girls. Doubles fill in as Mary and Dick.
2 (TH 6/30 and F 7/1/55) Shot on Stage 3 at Columbia.
/ FN: A reworking of Hocus Pocus (5/5/49), using stock