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1 February 1950 (France) See more »
Yipes! Those Killer-Dillers are out to get the King of the Killers ! See more »
Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Casey Edwards

Lou Costello ... Freddie Phillips

Boris Karloff ... Swami Talpur
Lenore Aubert ... Angela Gordon
Gar Moore ... Jeff Wilson
Donna Martell ... Betty Crandall

Alan Mowbray ... 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
Harry Hayden ... Lawrence Crandall
Vincent Renno ... Mike Relia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Joe, Reporter (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Dry Cleaning Man (uncredited)
Marjorie Bennett ... Second Maid (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Brown ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Barber (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Reporter (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Woman (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patricia Hall ... Manicurist (uncredited)

Arthur Hecht ... Photographer (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Bootblack (uncredited)
Phil Shepard ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Bozzo (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Barton  (as Charles T. Barton)
Writing credits
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story) &
Howard Snyder (story)

Hugh Wedlock Jr. (writer) &
Howard Snyder (writer) &
John Grant (writer)

Oscar Brodney  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
Milton Schwarzwald 
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger 
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Richard H. Riedel 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Burkhart .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Buckley .... grip (uncredited)
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ross Saxon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lloyd Ward .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Schumann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Schwarzwald .... musical director (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff" - USA (long title)
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84 min | Argentina:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Insp. Wellman:I'm going to locate Milford and Relia if I have to take this hotel apart with my own hands.See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A nice little comedy with a murder mystery background, 9 December 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

There is a comment about the title of this addition to the Abbott & Costello films that is a little unfair - but only a little. Entitled ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF, some purists sniff that as Karloff is not the killer in the film, the title is as misleading as the later ABBOTT & COSTELLO GO TO MARS (wherein they actually go to Venus). But the difference is that Karloff is a killer. Not only does he attempt to hypnotize Lou into committing suicide (which would enable the police to drop an investigation at a hotel where Karloff is stuck in), but he is also a former homicide case defendant who was acquitted thanks to his lawyer Amos Strickland (Nicholas Joy). No, Karloff is not the murderer of Joy, but he is a suspected murderer (the police feel that Karloff's acquittal was due to his lawyer, not to his not being the murderer). So the title is actually not a cheat.

Like WHO DONE IT? it is a murder mystery comedy, but here the suspicion against Lou (an incompetent bellhop) is more realistic than in the earlier film. Lou and Bud work at a resort hotel. Bud is the house detective. Lou is involved in an incident where he bungles badly while handling the luggage of lawyer Joy. The latter complains vociferously to the hotel manager (Alan Mowbray), who fires Costello. Lou, realizing what has caused his dismissal, actually makes a threatening statement to Joy. So when the latter is murdered, Lou is the leading suspect.

But it seems that Joy was on the verge of writing his memoirs, in which he might set the record straight about those acquittals he won. This would not be what Karloff, Roland Winters, and a few others would like - they are beginning to live down their murder trials. All of them happen to be at the resort too, so they are also suspects.

The film has some nice set pieces in it, mostly handled adroitly by Costello - such as a drag sequence where he attracts an admirer, and has to play cards with a corpse. He also, towards the conclusion, gives Abbott an unexpected scare suggesting Bud is the killer. But my two favorite pieces are when Karloff tries to hypnotize Lou, and almost gets knifed in the process, and when Lou discovers the benefits of being the chief suspect - being under house arrest in a luxury hotel has unexpected benefits through room service. After all, the state pays the bill!

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