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Abbott and 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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Rocky Hanlon (as John Day)
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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:

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

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The picture in Dr. Gray's laboratory of Griffin, the inventor of the invisibility serum, is a photo of Claude Rains, who played the title role in The Invisible Man (1933). See more »

Goofs

When Bud puts down the drink of the second bar guy, you can see the thin wires if you look very carefully. See more »

Quotes

Bud Alexander: I told you not to get smart, didn't I?
[Taking his coat off]
Bud Alexander: Now, I'll show you who is the boss.
Tommy Nelson: [Putting Bud's coat back on] No, I'll show you who's boss.
Bud Alexander: [Looking around] Who said that?
Lou Francis: The voice is familiar; but, I can't quite place the face.
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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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