Hold That Line (1952)

Article #1357 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-1-2004
Posting Date: 4-30-2004
Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, John Bromfield

When Sach develops a formula that makes him incredibly strong, he becomes a football star at an ivy league college.

Most Bowery Boys movies are fairly plotless affairs, and it took this movie to help me realize that I liked it that way. Not that plotlessness is the best thing for them necessarily. It’s just that I figured that any plots that they might concoct wouldn’t be worth following. Now this movie is pretty much your typical Bowery Boys movie for the first two-thirds of the way, but once I heard the conversation between two thugs where they discuss how much gambling money they could rake in if the college loses the big game, I knew exactly where the movie would be going for the rest of the running time, and sure enough, I was right. Still, it does have its moments; including a scene where Leo Gorcey spouts mile-a-minute gibberish in an English class, and another where we meet the Bowery “girls”. And I must admit that the final big play of the football game was far more clever than I expected. All in all, another festival of malaprops and mugging.

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