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Release Date:
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)
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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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Additional Details

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?

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 »
Continuity: When Abernathy is looking over Freddie's shoulder during the so-called Bridge game, he starts on Freddie's right side. Then, after the camera cuts back from the close-up of Freddie's hand, Abernathy is on Freddie's left side.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
References Sh! The Octopus (1937)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
If you like Abbott and Costello, you should like this, 26 August 2004
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

Much of Abbott and Costello's late 40s/early 50s output put them in parodies of various film genres--this one is a parody of murder mysteries. I saw this as a child and liked it, although I was let down that Boris Karloff had such an insignificant role. Now that it's out on DVD as part of the third A&C boxset, I'm seeing it again, and I still think it's quite funny. There are many well-paced comic set-ups and the boys don't look bored as they do in some of their later vehicles. No great analysis is needed for a film like this--it's just classic comedy and has held up very well.

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