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

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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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Lenore Aubert ...
Angela Gordon
Gar Moore ...
Jeff Wilson
Donna Martell ...
Betty Crandall
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Melton
James Flavin ...
Insp. Wellman
Roland Winters ...
T. Hanley Brooks
Nicholas Joy ...
Amos Strickland
Mikel Conrad ...
Sgt. Stone
Morgan Farley ...
Gregory Milford
Victoria Horne ...
Mrs. Hargreave
Percy Helton ...
Abernathy
Claire Du Brey ...
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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murder | hotel | bellhop | blood | hypnotism | See more »

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


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Release Date:

1 February 1950 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff  »

Box Office

Budget:

$686,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

When Abernathy is looking over Freddie's shoulder during the so-called Bridge game, he starts on Freddie's right side. Then, after the camera cuts back from the close-up of Freddie's hand, Abernathy is on Freddie's left side. See more »

Quotes

[the Swami tries to get a hypnotized Freddie to kill himself]
Swami Talpur: Perhaps you should choose the manner of your death. How would you like to die?
Freddie Phillips: Old age.
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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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Excellent whodunnit/comedy
30 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We have here the excellent slapstick performances of straight man Bud Abbott and comic genius Lou Costello,combined with the always menacing Boris Karloff,though here he is much more lighthearted of course.Freddy Phillips(Costello)is suspected of murder.Of course we all know he didn't do it,and the hilarious journey to the real killer begins from there. While this is not Abbott and Costello's greatest effort,it is certainly good enough,and it is a great combination of murder mystery and comedy. Today's comedy writers and performers could learn a lot from A and C, as well as many others from their era.If you want to know what real comedy is all about,the films of Abbott and Costello are the way to go. Great stuff.


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