Hold That Line (1952)
Director: William Beaudine
Screenplay: Tim Ryan, Charles R. Marion, Bert Lawrence (additional dialogue)
Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, John Bromfield, Veda Ann Borg, Taylor Holmes, Bernard Gorcey, Gil Stratton, David Gorcey, Benny Bartlett, Pierre Watkin, Robert Nichols and Paul Bryar.
Tagline: They’ve Gone COLLEGE CRAZY! It’s their dizziest laff hit!
Hold That Line starts off as a take on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Two college alumni are discussing Ivy College. One believes that anyone can succeed in college if given the chance. The gentlemen make a bet and the Bowery Boys are chosen to test the theory.
What’s interesting about Hold the Line is that partway through the film, the “Pygmalion” aspect takes a backseat to football rivalry. State always beats Ivy in the football championship. While in chemistry class, Sach (Hall) invents a concoction that gives him super strength. Sach becomes the star of the football team and big man on campus. On the day of the championship game against State, gangsters kidnap Sach in order to win bets. Will Sach get away from the gangsters? If he doesn’t can Slip (Gorcey) and the gang pull off an upset? And what about the original “Pygmalion” bet?
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Hold the Line is a fun outing. If you think it’s odd to see 35 year old Slip and 32 year old Satch as college freshmen, just wait until 64 year old Louie (Bernard Gorcey) joins them.
Angels in Disguise earns 3 of 5 stars.