Film: Now You See Him, Now You Don't

Now You See Him, Now You Don't was a 1972 comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions, and the sequel to 1969's The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. It is the second film in the Dexter Reilly trilogy, followed afterwards by The Strongest Man in the World.

Just like before, Dean Higgins has a meeting with the rest of the college staff about the budget cuts that their school is facing, while Dexter and the rest of the students are listening in on him. However, what Dexter and the gang don't know is that Hedwig, the school janitor had been watching them and reports to Dean Higgins that his office had been bugged, which leads to Higgins trying to search for the walkie-talkie that Dexter had planted in his office. However, thanks to the combined effort of Dexter and his friends, Dexter is able to remove the walke-talkie before Higgins can even discover it. In the chemistry lab, Dexter is trying to work on a brand new project while another student, Druffle, is studying about the flight patterns of bumblebees. One night, lightning strikes the roof of the chemistry lab which then surges directly into Dexter's project. The next morning, Dexter discovers that his project has been turned into a dark liquid which causes anything that comes in contact with it to become invisible. At the same time that this happens, A.J. Arno has been released from jail and now expresses interest in taking care of the college's budget cuts. After making this discovery to his friends, Schuyler and Debbie, Dexter and Schuyler make themselves invisible so that they can sneak into Arno's office and find out what he's really up to. Once Dexter and Schuyler discover that Arno actually plans to turn the college into a gambling establishment, they escape after taking several pictures of the evidence and show them to Dean Higgins the next day. This time, the debt for the school is $50,000 but Higgins decides to compete in a golfing tournament in order to win the prize money. The next day, Higgins turns out to be incredibly inept at regular golf, so Dexter makes himself invisible in order to help Higgins win the tournament. Unfortunately, when Higgins has been invited to compete in a professional golf tournament, Dexter learns about it too late and has no choice now but to watch Higgins fail at golfing on TV. After this humiliating loss, Higgins has no choice now but to depend on the Forsythe Award, until Druffle comes in all bandaged up after an accident involving the bumblebees he was using for his experiment. When trying to demonstrate the invisibility formula, it ends up getting stolen by Arno's chauffeur, Cookie, so the demonstration the next day turns out to be a disaster. After hiding a walkie-talkie in some flowers in Arno's office, Dexter and the others then learn that Arno and Cookie plan to make themselves invisible as well as the money that they are robbing and try to warn both the police and the bank president, who do not believe the kids. After the crime has been pulled off, what follows after that is a madcap chase during which Cookie uses the formula to make the getaway car invisible as well until the chase ends when the crooks inadvertently drive their car into a swimming pool. After A.J. Arno is arrested again, Dexter and company recover the formula but when they try to demonstrate it again when Dean Higgins inadvertently walks in its path, nothing happens, until the top half of Dean Higgins becomes invisible, surprising and scaring everyone. As a result the $50,000 prize has been awarded to Medfield College.


Now You See Him, Now You Don't provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Just like in the first film, A.J. Arno once again mispronounces Dexter's name, calling him Hector this time.
  • Agony of the Feet: When a guard at A.J. Arno's office discover's Schuyler's visible shoes and tries to pick them up, he then steps on Schuyler's feet, which prompts Schuyler to kick the guard in the leg.
  • Bandage Mummy: Happens to Druffle after an accident with the bumblebees he was using for his experiment. To add insult to injury, Druffle is actually allergic to bee stings.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Dexter and Schuyler try warning the bank president and the police about A.J. Arno being invisible to rob the bank, both the bank president and the police do not believe them, until the theft has been committed.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Pete and Annie from the first film are completely absent in this film.
  • Epic Fail: Higgins' golf playing at the professional tournament is anything but smooth sailing.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: Apparently, Druffle was on the receiving end of this trope.
  • Fainting: Dean Higgins does this near the end, after discovering that he got turned invisible when he looks in the mirror.
  • Fingore: Subverted, as while Dexter's hand looks like it's missing half its fingers, they're actually just invisible.
  • Invisibility: Enough said.
  • Pop the Tires: Happens to Schuyler's car when a gunshot from A.J. Arno blasts one of the tires.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Higgins screams this way after discovering that he got turned invisible.
  • This Is What the Building Will Look Like: Dexter and Schuyler discover the model of Medfield College, which Arno plans to turn into a gambling town.