Kat & D
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964). " Well if it's for science..."
This week it's The Monkey's Uncle Part One complete with questionable science, Tommy Kirk getting down with blondes, and Midvale College where weird shit always happens....and for some reason they have a judge.
Storyline :Merlin Jones, a precocious and intelligent high-school boy, experiments with hypnosis and creates a mind-reading machine. However, his experiments land him in deep trouble with the law.
Directors: Robert Stevenson
Writers: Bill Walsh(screen story), Alfred Lewis Levitt(screenplay), and Helen Levitt(screenplay)
Stars: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, and Leon Ames
Awards: 0 Wins & 0 Nominations
Film Budget: $Unknown$
Gross Worldwide: $Unknown$
Unfortunately other than the Merlin Jones intro music there are literally 0 songs in this movie :(
BRAIN over BRAWN - who will win among these fun facts?
During filming Tommy Kirk was released early from his Disney contract in June 1963. He later recalled, "I was caught having sex with a boy at a public pool in Burbank. We were both young, and the boy's mother went to Walt. I was high all the time. It was a terrible period in my life. So I can understand the studio letting me go."
This marked Annette Funicello's return to Disney after making "Beach Party" (1963) for American International. She would also be cast in the sequel, "The Monkey's Uncle" (1965), which would be the final movie that Disney would cast her in.
There was a , Merlin Jones the Scrambled Egghead, song not included in the movie but instead on the Annette LP album, Muscle Beach Party. This song incorporated parts of the Misadventures of... theme song, some dialogue(with Tommy Kirk), some original dialogue and lyrics. Should have been used as a closing credits song.
You won't find this wacky ride on Disney+ you'll need to pay $3.99 to view on Amazon or Youtube.
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