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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 ...
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Donna Martell ...
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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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Yipes! Those Killer-Dillers are out to get the King of the Killers ! 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  »

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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

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

Quotes

Swami Talpur: [to Freddie in a hypnotic voice] You didn't see me... you didn't see me... you didn't see me... I wasn't here
[leaves]
Casey Edwards: [to Freddy] Ready to go?
Freddie Phillips: I didn't see him.
Casey Edwards: You didn't see who?
Freddie Phillips: The man who wasn't here.
Casey Edwards: What man?
Freddie Phillips: All I did was open up the door, see if the coast was clear, my mind went blank.
Casey Edwards: Your mind's been a blank all your life.
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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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