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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man -- There's more than meets the eye when Abbott and Costello help an invisible man look for a killer and head into the boxing ring for one of the most hilarious fight sequences ever filmed.


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Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story) and
Howard Snyder (story) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1951 (USA) See more »
AS PRIVATE EYES...they're getting an Eyeful! See more »
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Surprising Amount Of Laughs And Maybe A&C's Best See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Bud Alexander

Lou Costello ... Lou Francis
Nancy Guild ... Helen Gray
Arthur Franz ... Tommy Nelson

Adele Jergens ... Boots Marsden

Sheldon Leonard ... Boots Morgan

William Frawley ... Det. Roberts
Gavin Muir ... Dr. Philip Gray
Sam Balter ... Radio Announcer
John Daheim ... Rocky Hanlon (as John Day)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter F. Appler ... Professor Dugan (uncredited)
Howard Banks ... Officer (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Sneaky (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Bald Man (uncredited)
John Breen ... Trainer (uncredited)
Milt Bronson ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Dugan Detective School Graduate (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Col. Duffie (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Man (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
George Ford ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Milt (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Graduation Spectator (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Bartender (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Man (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Fighter on Rowing Machine (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Policeman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Cop (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Torpedo Al (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Tough Guy at Bar (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Dr. Turner (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Training Spectator (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Photographer (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Dugan Detective School Graduate (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Rocky's Handler (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Waiter (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Fighter (uncredited)
Edith Sheets ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jack Shutta ... Attendant (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Lou's Handler (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Dugan Detective School Graduate (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Referee (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Stillwell (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Rooney - Rocky's Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Writing credits
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story) and
Howard Snyder (story)

Robert Lees (screenplay) and
Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) and
John Grant (screenplay)

H.G. Wells  story "The Invisible Man"

Produced by
Howard Christie .... producer
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Virgil W. Vogel  (as Virgil Vogel)
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Richard H. Riedel  (as Richard Riedel)
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Russell A. Gausman 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ed Keyes .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Visual Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... optical cinematography (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph Gershenson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eric Zeisl .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Bud Abbott and Lou Costello ...Meet the Invisible Man" - USA (long title)
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82 min | Argentina:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15003)

Did You Know?

The last names of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's characters, Bud Alexander and Lou Francis, are actually their real middle names.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist:I know, you saw this man disappear into thin air. Do you always see things?
Lou Francis:Only when my eyes are open.
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist:Did you ever see somebody disappear before?
Lou Francis:Yes sir, I have.
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist:This may explain it, seeing things. When did this happen?
Lou Francis:One day me and my brother were walking down the street... my brother disappeared.
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist:Into thin air?
Lou Francis:No, into a man hole.
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist:How about voices? Do you ever hear strange voices?
Lou Francis:Yes sir.
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Surprising Amount Of Laughs And Maybe A&C's Best, 30 March 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I only watched this once, but that's my loss. I should see this again. Although not a big fan of these guys, I thought this was their funniest film, along with Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Although the latter is considered their best and most popular movie, my vote just might go to this one.

This film was simply a lot of laughs from start to finish and the special-effects with the invisible man are good, too - even over 50 years later! The boxing scenes at the end of the movie are incredibly hokey but they are humorous as the "invisible man" helps Costless in the ring.

Sometimes silly, sometimes stupid but generally fast-moving, this film is highly- recommended for those looking for an innocent, old-time comedy with a surprising amount of laughs.

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