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Hold That Line

For the similarly named songs, see Hold the Line (Toto) and Hold the Line (Jeanette).
Hold That Line
Directed by William Beaudine
Produced by Jerry Thomas
Written by Tim Ryan
Charles R. Marion
Starring Leo Gorcey
Huntz Hall
David Gorcey
Bernard Gorcey
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography Marcel LePicard
Edited by William Austin
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release dates
  • March 23, 1952 (1952-03-23)
Running time
64 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hold That Line is a 1952 comedy film starring The Bowery Boys. The film was released on March 23, 1952, by Monogram Pictures and is the twenty-fifth film in the series.


The members of the local university's trust make a wager that anyone can make it through college if just given the chance. Because of this, they enlist the boys to attend the university to prove the theory. While the boys do not become academic scholars, Sach invents a "vitamin" drink that makes him invincible. They all join the football team and Sach becomes the star player, leading them to the big championship game. A local gambler sees an opportunity to make some money by kidnapping Sach and preventing him from playing. However, Slip and the rest of the gang rescue Sach and return him to the game. Unfortunately he does not have any more "vitamins", so Slip plans a ruse on the playing field that distracts the other team and allows him to score the winning touchdown. In the end, Sach cannot reproduce his "vitamin" formula, but he does produce a new concoction that allows him to fly!


This is the first appearance of Gil Stratton, Jr. as a member of the gang, having taken over for William Benedict. Stratton was unhappy with idea of being a Bowery Boy, and as a result he tried to keep himself as inconspicuous in the films as possible; he often gave his dialogue to Leo Gorcey or Huntz Hall.[1]


The Bowery Boys

Remaining cast

Home media

Warner Archives released the film on made to order DVD in the United States as part of "The Bowery Boys, Volume Two" on April 9, 2013.


  1. ^ Hayes, David and Brent Walker (1984). The Films of The Bowery Boys. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press.

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Preceded by
Crazy Over Horses
'The Bowery Boys' movies
Succeeded by
Here Come the Marines