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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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  »

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

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

Quotes

Insp. Wellman: Were you and Relia in cahoots?
Freddie Phillips: [having seen Relia's body] The last time I saw Relia, he didn't talk to me.
Insp. Wellman: If I could only find Relia. I could make him talk.
Freddie Phillips: If you could, that would be a good trick.
Sgt. Stone: He could make him talk. You don't know Wellman.
Freddie Phillips: You don't know Relia.
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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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Murderous Mayhem
21 October 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite Abbott and Costello films, Abbott and Costello Meets the Killer tells about a series of murders that take place in a ski hotel near a large lost caverns. The impossible bellboy, played by Lou, is suspected of murder, and the house dick, played by Bud, is his friend and sometimes character reference. It seems that a lawyer was going to write his memoirs, and lots of people did not want that to happen. A menagerie of misfits and blatant suspects people the hotel. A woman who poisoned her lovers, deftly played by the sultry Lenore Aubert of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein fame, and a phony swami played by the ever affable but eerie Boris Karloff lead the cast of irregulars. Also along for the fun is serious character actor Alan Mowbray. There are a lot of hits and misses in this one, but definitely when the laughs hit, they hit hard! Lou dressed as a parlour maid and being hit on by that lovable character actor Percy Helton has to be one of the highlights as well as Lou in the lost caverns. Lots of good, old-fashioned fun!


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