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Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story) and
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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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Nice little comedy with clever script...A&C fans will enjoy it... See more (39 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 ... Morgan

William Frawley ... Detective 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)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (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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Additional Details

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 | UK:U (2000) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15003)

Did You Know?

This was originally intended to be a straight film in the Invisible Man series. After the huge grosses from Abbott and 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 »
Revealing mistakes: The boxer, Tommy Nelson, is invisible and in order to stay this way he must not wear ANY clothes. This would include shoes. And yet when he walks across the mat in the boxing gym his footprints are very apparent, but as if he he wearing shoes and not bare feet.See more »
Det. Roberts:[Tommy Nelson is gone] How did he get out?
Lou Francis:Installments.
Det. Roberts:Installments?
Lou Francis:Yeah, he did a Gypsy Rose Lee, come here!
[they find Tommy's clothes lying about]
Lou Francis:That, that's all that's left of him.
Det. Roberts:Evidently Nelson changed clothes... what was he wearing when you last saw him?
Lou Francis:Air... nothing but air... and then he asked me how he looked.
Det. Roberts:Wearing air? What are you talking about?
Lou Francis:I went to shake his hand, his hand was gone, I looked up to speak to him, his head was gone. Then he took off his shirt, his body was gone, he took off his pants, his legs were gone! Then he spoke to me, I was gone.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Nice little comedy with clever script...A&C fans will enjoy it..., 18 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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