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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 1 August 1953 (USA)
Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England

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Slim and Tubby are American cops in London to study police tactics. They wind up in jail and are bailed out by Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll has been murdering fellow doctors who laugh at his experiments. He has more murders in mind. At one point the serum that turns Jekyll into the murderous Hyde gets injected into Tubby. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Boris Karloff only really played Dr. Jekyll in this film. Once the makeup transformation scenes were over, stuntman Eddie Parker did every scene as Mr. Hyde. This was even tipped off to audiences through publicity stills for the film, which showed both Karloff and Parker in makeup standing next to each other. See more »

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When Costello was standing by the mannequin of George Washington, the mannequin blinked. See more »

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Version of The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) See more »

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Almost their last hurrah!
7 November 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Admittedly inferior to their arguably best "Meet" film ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN five years earlier during their golden age, this was easily the best of their films in their declining years of the early to mid fifties.

The boys play a pair of NY cops on a work-experience exchange in Victorian London. They are soon on the trail of the diabolical MR HYDE (played on and off by Karloff) having already met Dr Jekyll in "polite society"

The story makes for some top comedic moments for Bud and Lou. The climactic chase after Lou is turned accidentally into a mouse is funny stuff. And thats all this is - funny stuff. A few reviewers here have gotten themselves into the psychology of the characters and seem miffed in the extreme at the liberties taken with R L Stevenson's original characters. Live with it...this was a highly watchable comedy and should be viewed upon the impact it made in 1953 NOT the new millennium.


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