Virtually all the key creative elements which early in 1970 made The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes encore superbly in Now You See Him, Now You Don't [from a story by Robert L. King]. Discovery of a fluid which makes people and objects invisible provides the inventive plot peg for uproarious golf games and car chase sequences involving students, professors, police and criminals.
Virtually all the key creative elements which early in 1970 made The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes encore superbly in Now You See Him, Now You Don’t [from a story by Robert L. King]. Discovery of a fluid which makes people and objects invisible provides the inventive plot peg for uproarious golf games and car chase sequences involving students, professors, police and criminals.
Encoring players include Kurt Russell, this time as a college student who accidentally discovers the invisible potion, Michael McGreevey as his sidekick, Joe Flynn as a befuddled dean, Cesar Romero as a local gangster who plans to foreclose on the school to make it a gambling casino-hotel, and Richard Bakalyan as Romero’s right-hand flunkie.
Flynn’s camping is a major comedy prop as the story develops. To raise mortgage money, he enters a golf game with philanthropist Jim Backus, and aided by the invisible students scores many holes-in-one and a host of laughs. Romero later steals the magic fluid to rob a bank, cueing a climactic car chase which comes across with spectacularly funny impact.
Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Walt Disney. Director Robert Butler; Producer Ron Miller; Screenplay Joseph L. McEveety; Camera Frank Phillips; Editor Cotton Warburton; Music Robert F. Brunner; Art Director John B. Mansbridge, Walter Tyler
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 88 MIN.
Popular on Variety
How Alfonso Cuaron Came to the Contemporary Black-and-White Look of 'Roma'
Rebel Wilson on 'Isn't It Romantic' Controversy: 'It Was Purely to Lift My Fellow Plus-Size Women Up'
'Lorena' Director: Howard Stern Owes Lorena Bobbitt a Public Apology
Daniel Radcliffe on Answering Prayers in 'Miracle Workers'
BTS Wants to Sing With Lady Gaga
How Miley Cyrus Set Up Her Duet With Shawn Mendes
Smokey Robinson Defends J. Lo’s Motown Grammy Tribute
Brandi Carlile on LGBTQ Representation: 'It's Important to Be Out in Your Music'
Rams vs. Patriots: Who Should Win Super Bowl LIII?
'Imaginary Order' Director Experienced Sexism on Her Own Set
“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins [...]
Hollywood talent agents and the Writers Guild of America have achieved some progress at their second negotiating session over agency regulations, according to sources close to the talks. The two sides met Tuesday, two weeks after their first meeting resulted in both sides criticizing each other, followed by the WGA holding a trio of spirited [...]
In today’s film news roundup, Aaron Paul is honored, Bruce Berman is re-upped at Village Roadshow, and Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher get a book deal. FESTIVAL HONORS The Sun Valley Film Festival has selected Idaho native and three-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul as the winner of its Pioneer Award, presented by Variety for his [...]
Olivia Munn is setting the record straight about standing up to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner, whom she alleges sexually harassed her over a decade ago. During a panel discussion at the Emily’s List pre-Oscars brunch at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Tuesday morning, Munn revealed that Ratner called her in 2011 after he denied [...]
Ignore the awful English-language title: “Flesh Out” is an emotionally rich, sensitively made film about a young woman in Mauritania forced to gain weight in order to conform to traditional concepts of well-rounded beauty before her impending marriage. Strikingly registering the sensations of a protagonist living between the dutiful traditions of her class and the [...]
It should go without saying that if you’ve never been to war, you can’t pretend to know what it’s like. Yet for those of us who never have been, the movies have created our image of war; they’re the closest thing to it that most of us are likely to get. I’ll never forget the [...]
Does Brazil need a film that openly advocates armed confrontation against its far-right government? That’s the first question that needs to be asked when discussing “Marighella,” actor Wagner Moura’s directorial debut focused on the final year in the life of left-wing insurrectionist Carlos Marighella during Brazil’s ruthless military dictatorship. For whatever one might think of [...]