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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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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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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

The original script 'Easy Does It', was originally intended as a vehicle for Bob Hope. After the huge success of Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Universal-International wanted another "horror" comedy with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, so the script was rewritten for them. Oddly enough, the role played by Boris Karloff was originally written for a woman. See more »

Goofs

When Angela comes to visit Freddie in his suite, and they sit down on the sofa, her right arm is down near her lap. Then, when the shot shifts to the side, her arm is resting behind Freddie on the back of the sofa. See more »

Quotes

Casey Edwards: Freddie, where did you that gun?
Freddie Phillips: I don't know.
Casey Edwards: Freddie, for the last time! Where did you get that gun?
Freddie Phillips: I don't know.
Casey Edwards: Where did you get that gun?
Freddie Phillips: Hey, that's not fair. You said "for the last time". I answered it.
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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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Still Holds Up Fairly Well
13 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm a big A&C fan and have been since I was ten. I saw this A&C film many times in the 1980s (I recorded it once and watched it over and over again). It turns out that this film is included in Volume 3 of the Best of Abbott and Costello DVD set. After purchasing the set, I had a chance to watch it again recently. There are some genuinely outstanding gags here. Of all the movies made after A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN (the duo's high point), this is one of the best. The chase scene through the caverns is actually very well made and has withstood the test of time. It remains one of the best climaxes from an A&C movie. Unfortunately, Boris Karloff isn't put to very good use in the film. This is a surprisingly atmospheric film, though, and at times it even contains elements of noir. It reminds me of a cross between WHO DONE IT and HOLD THAT GHOST, although it's not as good as either of those films. Still, unlike A&C GO TO MARS or Africa SCREAMS, it's certainly not a blemish on their filmography.


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