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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 22 August 1949 (USA)
Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Casey Edwards
... Freddie Phillips
... Swami Talpur
... Angela Gordon
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Jeff Wilson (as Gar Moore)
... Betty Crandall
... Melton
... Insp. Wellman
... T. Hanley Brooks
... Amos Strickland
... Sgt. Stone
... Gregory Milford
... Mrs. Hargreave
... Abernathy
... Mrs. Grimsby
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Lost Caverns Hotel bellhop Freddie Phillips is suspected of murder. Swami Talpur tries to hypnotize Freddie into confessing, but Freddie is too stupid for the plot to work. Inspector Wellman uses Freddie to get the killer (and it isn't the Swami). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Yipes! Those Killer-Dillers are out to get the King of the Killers ! See more »


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$686,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The only Hollywood film with three of the actors' names in the title. See more »

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When Angela comes to visit Freddie in his suite, and they sit down on the sofa, her right arm is down near her lap. Then, when the shot shifts to the side, her arm is resting behind Freddie on the back of the sofa. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Phillips: Mr. Strickland! He's been murdered!
Melton: Murdered? That's impossible, we don't permit murders in this hotel!
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Crazy Credits

The film begins animated versions of Abbott & Costello on a scaffold painting their names on a wall. (The bucket is labeled "BLOOD")Then there is the sound of a car screeching to a stop, and machine gun fire. "Meet the Killer" is written in bullet holes. "Costello" yells "Yoohoo! You didn't dot the "I"!" Then a dagger flies in and "Dots the 'I'", while the bucket of "Blood" is spilled. Then the frame drops, following the "Blood" as it spells out "Boris Karloff", and then the rest of the credits. See more »

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References Sh! The Octopus (1937) See more »

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Excellent whodunnit/comedy
30 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

We have here the excellent slapstick performances of straight man Bud Abbott and comic genius Lou Costello,combined with the always menacing Boris Karloff,though here he is much more lighthearted of course.Freddy Phillips(Costello)is suspected of murder.Of course we all know he didn't do it,and the hilarious journey to the real killer begins from there. While this is not Abbott and Costello's greatest effort,it is certainly good enough,and it is a great combination of murder mystery and comedy. Today's comedy writers and performers could learn a lot from A and C, as well as many others from their era.If you want to know what real comedy is all about,the films of Abbott and Costello are the way to go. Great stuff.


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