UP IN SMOKE (1957)
Article 2697 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-19-2008
Posting Date: 12-31-2008
Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, David Gorcey
Sach loses money collected for a charitable cause to some unscrupulous horse race bookies. He sells his soul to the devil in order to get revenge on the bookies. He is awarded information on one winning horse every day for seven days.
It’s a Bowery Boys movie in which the only Gorcey present is named David, and that’s pretty dispiriting. As a matter of fact, everyone involved in the movie seems dispirited as well; Huntz Hall in particular seems to be tired and short of energy. Granted, I wasn’t a fan of him when he did have high energy, but even high energy bad comedy is better than depressed bad comedy. To his credit, he doesn’t try to hog the movie, but everyone else in the cast is bland and forgettable, and most of the jokes just fall to the floor and die. The series itself was near its end; only one more movie would be made for the series, and that one (IN THE MONEY) doesn’t have any fantastic content. It was definitely time to retire the Boys.
This, of course, doesn’t mean this series is finished with them. I believe one more movie is destined to be covered, and fortunately, that one will feature both Leo Gorcey and Bernard Gorcey, so it will be nice to see the Boys one last time with the stronger lineup still intact.