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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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Gregory Milford
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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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The role eventually played by Boris Karloff was originally a female character named Madame Switzer in the final shooting script which was then titled, 'Abbott and Costello Meet the Killers'. Five days before shooting, Karloff was hired and the character was changed to a swami. See more »

Goofs

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

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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References Habeas Corpus (1928) 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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