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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 March 1951 (USA)
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.

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Boots Marsden
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Rocky Hanlon (as John Day)
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Storyline

Boxer Tommy Nelson is accused of killing his manager. While detectives Bud and Lou investigate they come across an invisibility formula with which Tommy injects himself rather than face the police. This sparks an idea for trapping gangster Morgan by having Lou fight champ Rocky Hanlon, with Tommy's invisible help. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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AS PRIVATE EYES...they're getting an Eyeful! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Sport

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7 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$627,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A reporter asks Lou Francis (Lou Costello) who he has fought in the past. Lou replies, "Chuck Lamont, Bud Grant". Charles Lamont is the film's director and John Grant (nicknamed Bud) is the screenwriter. See more »

Goofs

At the poker game, the cards move randomly about the table probably due to various different takes needed. See more »

Quotes

Bud Alexander: [a motorcycle cop comes up on the car Tommy's driving] I hope he has his license.
Lou Francis: I hope he's in the car!
Officer: [at the back window] Pull over to the side!
Lou Francis: [points to the front seat] Tell him, he's driving!
Officer: [moves up, looks at the empty driver seat] I said pull over to the...
[stops in a daze, cut to him on the psychiatrist couch looking at the doctor's watch]
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist: Now tell us again what you saw.
Officer: I told you three times already.
Det. Roberts: Well tell it to him again.
Officer: I saw a car with nobody driving somebody.
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Connections

Spoofs The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut Waltz
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Music by Johann Strauss
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User Reviews

Nice little comedy with clever script...A&C fans will enjoy it...
18 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This entry in the Universal series of A&C comedies ranks with the top half-dozen of their films. The notion of having the pair meet one of Universal's most famous "creatures" is a good one--and somehow, despite some wildly overdone slapstick--it works.

The pair play bumbling detectives who attempt to prove an innocent man (Arthur Franz) has been framed for murder. The special effects are particularly good and were done by the same man, John Fulton, who did the original camera effects for 'The Invisible Man'. A highlight of the film has Costello in the fighting ring being helped by his invisible client.

Nice work by Arthur Franz as the man who takes the serum, Nancy Guild as the feminine interest, Adele Jergens and Sheldon Leonard. Fans of A&C will rank this one among their best.


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