The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Cover of "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion&...

Cover of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don’t like each other – or at least that’s what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them, in order to use them for his dirty schemes. The next evening already, Briggs makes his first robbery, and when he wakes up in the morning he has no memory of it. Things get really complicated when he starts investigating the case. Will he be able to uncover… himself?

With its production budget of $26 million, it is Allen’s most expensive film. In relation to most of his most successful productions, the film fared poorly in American theaters with ticket sales of less than seven million dollars. Its worldwide gross was $18.9 million. However, in the ten years since its release, it is beginning to enjoy a new generation of cult status comedic recognition. Basically, this is a movie that should have been a vehicle for Bob Hope, but since Bob Hope wasn’t exactly available in the year 2001, someone had to stand in for him. Most people seem to consider “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” a failure, either because of casting or the joke-a-minute script, but it still seems to make it onto must see movie lists…

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