Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)

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Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)

Post  BoG on Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:27 pm

This was the 2nd Disney film - and the funniest for me - concentrated around Medfield College and Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell) and his gang (the first one was The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes in 1969), and in which the young students - notably Dexter - are in the middle of some new, astounding scientific phenomenon and invention. In this case, it's the funny take on the Invisible Man concept. Dexter is working on this theory in the science lab but naturally there's little or no chance of him actually producing any results. But, one night during a thunder storm (just like in the previous film), lightning strikes the building and affects his solution. Anything dipped in this solution instantly becomes invisible. Dexter and his buddies quickly modify it into a spray gun which can make a person invisible with a couple of quick sprays.
There follows a number of hilarious sight gags, especially on the golf course, where the eternally clueless Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) becomes a golfing phenomenon thanks to an invisible Dexter. Higgins needed to impress a bigshot (Jim Backus) and this he certainly does; unfortunately, Dexter is unable to be around the next time that Higgins is on a golf course. The plot revolves around Medfield's continuing financial problems and that they need to win the prize money in a science competition. Dexter's invisibility formula would certainly make that possible, but this also features the return of rich crook Arno (Cesar Romero), mysteriously out of prison, where he had been sent at the end of the last film. Arno soon steals the solution and uses it for a bank robbery. Besides invisible people, this also has an invisible car. The other hilarious scene is with Dexter's buddy Schuyler (Michael McGreevey), who is sprayed by a fake solution and thinks he is invisible when he's not. BoG's Score: 7 out of 10
Now You See Trivia: small early role for Ed Begley, Jr. as the one true science nerd who planned to use bumblebees in his science project; the next and last film was The Strongest Man in the World (1975). Star Trek TOS actor alert: William Windom plays the school's professor; he was terrific as the doomed commodore Decker in the episode The Doomsday Machine
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