Now You See Him Now You Don’t

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Now You See Him Now You Don’t (1972 Movie)

“Now You See Him, Now You Don’t” is a Disney live-action comedy film released in 1972. It is the second installment in the “Dexter Riley” trilogy, following the success of “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” (1969). The film was directed by Robert Butler and stars Kurt Russell in the lead role as Dexter Riley.

The story follows Dexter Riley, a college student studying chemistry at Medfield College. In this installment, Dexter and his friends discover a mysterious substance called “invisibility spray” that renders objects and people invisible when sprayed on them. Naturally, they decide to use this newfound formula for various fun and mischievous purposes.

However, Dexter’s discovery catches the attention of the villainous A.J. Arno (played by Cesar Romero), who wants to use the invisibility spray for his criminal activities. Arno attempts to steal the formula and uses it for his own nefarious plans, leading to a series of comical and thrilling events.

As the chaos unfolds, Dexter and his friends must come up with a plan to outsmart Arno and save the day. With the help of their intelligence and creative thinking, they embark on a rollercoaster of adventures while trying to protect their groundbreaking discovery from falling into the wrong hands.

“Now You See Him, Now You Don’t” received positive reviews for its humorous and family-friendly content. Kurt Russell’s performance as Dexter Riley was well-received, further establishing him as a popular Disney star.

The film is known for its light-hearted and entertaining storyline, making it a favorite among Disney fans who enjoy classic comedies with a touch of science fiction. “Now You See Him, Now You Don’t” continues to be remembered as a nostalgic and enjoyable Disney film, appreciated by audiences of all ages.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $4.6 million
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  • Kurt Russell as Dexter Reilly
  • Cesar Romero as A.J. Arno
  • Joe Flynn as Dean Eugene (E.J.) Higgins
  • Jim Backus as Timothy Forsythe
  • William Windom as Professor Lufkin
  • Michael McGreevey as Richard Schuyler
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Druffle
  • Richard Bakalyan as Cookie
  • Joyce Menges as Debbie Dawson
  • Alan Hewitt as Dean Edgar Collingswood
  • Kelly Thordsen as Police Sergeant Cassidy
  • Bing Russell as Alfred
  • Edward Andrews as Mr. Sampson
  • George O’Hanlon as Ted
  • John Myhers as Golfer
  • Pat Delany as Winifred Keesely
  • Robert Rothwell as Driver
  • Frank Welker as Henry
  • Mike Evans as Henry Fathington


  • Director: Robert Butler
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Robert F. Brunner

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