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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

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

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Nancy Guild ...
Arthur Franz ...
Tommy Nelson
Adele Jergens ...
Boots Marsden
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Boots Morgan
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Det. Roberts
Gavin Muir ...
Dr. Philip Gray
Sam Balter ...
Radio Announcer
John Daheim ...
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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Release Date:

7 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello ...Meet the Invisible Man  »

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Budget:

$627,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally intended to be a straight film in the Invisible Man series. After the huge grosses from Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), the script was rewritten to make it another thrill comedy with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. As it happened, Abbott and Costello met an invisible man in the earlier film, too, but it was a different character. See more »

Goofs

When Lou is on his knees in the ring, the referee counts to six before he tries to rise. Lou however, slightly slips initially and stays briefly on one knee. Technically, therefore, the referee should have continued the count until seven at least. See more »

Quotes

Lou Francis: If that's not Tommy Nelson it's Frankenstein. FRANKENSTEIN!
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Connections

Spoofs The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Lou "The Looper"
25 October 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Bud Abbot and Lou Costello were an amazing comic team who endeared themselves to their fans with the kind of humor they projected; theirs was the kind of good fun with a lot of sight gags that made them one of the favorite duo in the movies for quite a while.

Universal, their studio, decided to showcased them in a series of movies that involved the "monsters" in its roster. This film is not one of those, but because of the usage of the amazing visual effects employed in using the visual effects in the "Invisible Man", it became a winner from the start.

This was one of the best Abbot and Costello's best movies. Both do excellent work under the direction of Charles Lamont. Arthur Franz, who is not "seen" enough is good as Tommy, the man accused of a crime he didn't commit. Sheldon Leonard is one of the gangsters that are manipulating the boxing matches. Nancy Guild and Adele Jergens are welcome additions to the movie.

Best of all are the boxing scenes involving Lou Costello as the amazing new boxer, Lou, "The Looper", who goes to beat Rocky, his better equipped opponent with a little help of his invisible friend.


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