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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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Insp. Wellman
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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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MORE GHOULISH GLEE THAN WHEN THEY MET FRANKENSTEIN! (original poster- all caps) See more »


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22 August 1949 (USA)  »

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$686,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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After filming was completed, Lou Costello was bedridden for several months due to a relapse of rheumatic fever, which he originally battled in 1943. As a result, the duo did not make another film together until Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950), a year later. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Strickland turns over a bit when Freddy finds him after the murder. See more »

Quotes

Casey Edwards: [seeing one of Freddie's booby traps] That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.
Freddie Phillips: Oh yeah? Well let me tell you something, if the murderer comes in here alone, somebody else is gonna carry him out.
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Crazy Credits

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References Sh! The Octopus (1937) See more »

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Most original Abbott and Costello film
19 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie. It's one of my favorites of Bud and Lou. They're together on screen plenty and are funnier than ever. The scenes were Lou finds stiffs are hilarious. It's the funniest when Lou finds one stiff and keeps trying to show Bud, but it's never there when he gets back. Lou's scenes with Boris Karloff are also very funny. Abbott and Costello are also trying to dispose of the bodies in many scenes, but they always come back. How? Why? This is a very good murder mystery with comedy. Lou Costello said he always wanted to make a detective mystery. I guess this is what the script writers came up with. I am very pleased and Lou probably was too. Lou Costello is great in this movie. He proves once again that he can perform well with an attractive female co-star. His scenes with Lenore Aubert are very good. He proves he could not only be a very funny guy, but a casanova with the dames like in Mexican Hayride. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello could probably have done anything, but I'm glad they turned to comedy. Just a little trivia too, Lou Costello collapsed in his dressing room after filming the steam room scene. The actor that played Sergeant Stone was also a wanted man for assault while making this movie.

I think the reviewer that put Time to go to sleep as his summary is crazy. He says that Bud and Lou are boring and unfunny. I got news for him. If he is really honest when he says those things he's probably boring himself. He's probably one of those stuffed shirts that wants to be controversial and different. If anyone comes across his review don't believe a word of it. You probably couldn't get a laugh out of him if he took a breath of laughing gas. He really must need to laugh. He really needs to laugh. If he dislikes Bud Abbott and Lou Costello then he's the one that needs help.


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