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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect.

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Melton
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Insp. Wellman
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T. Hanley Brooks
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Amos Strickland
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Gregory Milford
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Mrs. Hargreave
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Mrs. Grimsby
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Storyline

Lost Caverns Hotel bellhop Freddie Phillips is suspected of murder. Swami Talpur tries to hypnotize Freddie into confessing, but Freddie is too stupid for the plot to work. Inspector Wellman uses Freddie to get the killer (and it isn't the Swami). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Yipes! Those Killer-Dillers are out to get the King of the Killers ! See more »


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22 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff  »

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$686,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The film was originally banned in Denmark due to the scene where corpses play cards. See more »

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When Freddie holds onto the stalagmites in the cavern they visibly bend. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Phillips: Who's the culprit?
Casey Edwards: The culprit and the murderer are the same!
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Crazy Credits

The film begins animated versions of Abbott & Costello on a scaffold painting their names on a wall. (The bucket is labeled "BLOOD")Then there is the sound of a car screeching to a stop, and machine gun fire. "Meet the Killer" is written in bullet holes. "Costello" yells "Yoohoo! You didn't dot the "I"!" Then a dagger flies in and "Dots the 'I'", while the bucket of "Blood" is spilled. Then the frame drops, following the "Blood" as it spells out "Boris Karloff", and then the rest of the credits. See more »

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Meet The Killer
17 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in this classic "who done it" movie. The team provides their usual funny pratfalls and mix-ups but along the way they manage to provide a classic theme to this movie. With Abbott and Costello, Karloff managing his way into the picture as the grueling possibility of the killer.

This may be Abbott and Costello's best attempt to provide some new material into their excellent routines. Costello's character, Phillips is mainly accused of murdering a well known lawyer after they have a public disagreement.

Phillips arrives at the lawyers hotel rooms to apologize but he finds that the lawyer has been murdered. Abbott goes far and above the the call of friendship to prove his friends innocents but who really did do it? Watch and see.


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