Zotz! (1962)

USA, 1962
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American comedy fantasy film directed by William Castle.

Plot Summary

A professor discovers a magic coin that allows him to inflict pain, cause time to slow down and even kill. Soon he’s on the run from enemy spies determined to get their hands on it.


Directed by: William Castle
© MCMLXII [1962] by William Castle Pictures
Columbia [logo]
Produced by: William Castle
Associate Producer: Dona Holloway
Screen Play by: Ray Russell
Based on the Novel by: Walter Karig
Director of Photography: Gordon Avil
Film Editor: Edwin Bryant
Music Composed and Conducted by: Bernard Green
Sound: Josh Westmoreland
Make-up Supervision: Ben Lane
Art Director: Robert Peterson

Tom Poston (Prof. Jonathan Jones)
Julia Meade (Prof. Virginia Fenster)
Jim Backus (Horatio Kellgore)
Fred Clark (General Bulliver)
Cecil Kellaway (Dena Updike)
Zeme North (Cynthia Jones)
Margaret Dumont (Persephone Updike)
James Millhollin (Dr. Kroner)
Carl Don (Josh Bates)
Mike Mazurki (Igor)
Jimmy Hawkins (Jimmy Kellgore)
Bart Patton (Crane)
Judee Morton (Miss Blakiston)

Alternative Titles

A Moeda Mágica – Brazil
Zotz – A Medalha Misteriosa – Portugal
Zotz, la moneda mágica – Argentina, Mexico
Zotz, sort magi – Denmark
Зотц! – Soviet Union

Includes extracts from
Homicidal (1961)



  • The Daily Cinema no.8621 8 June 1962) p.8
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.46 June 1984 pp.66-68
  • The Film Daily vol.120 no.108 6 June 1962) p.9
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.170 no.27 31 May 1962) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.2854 14 June 1962) p.11
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.29 no.342 July 1962) p.96
  • Variety 6 June 1962


  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.404
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.286-287
  • Encyclopedia of American Spy Films by Larry Langman & David Ebner p.428 – credits, note
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.353
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.545
  • The International Spy Guide 002 by Richard Rhys Davies p.1051 – illustrated credits, note
  • Kinematograph and Television Year Book 1963 p.127 – credits (Films trade shown 1961-1962)
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.558-559 – credits
  • Step Right Up!… I’m Going to Scare the Pants Off America by William Castle pp.178-179