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

Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect.

Director:

Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)

Writers:

Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story), Howard Snyder (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Casey Edwards
Lou Costello ... Freddie Phillips
Boris Karloff ... Swami Talpur
Lenore Aubert ... Angela Gordon
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Jeff Wilson (as Gar Moore)
Donna Martell ... Betty Crandall
Alan Mowbray ... Melton
James Flavin ... Insp. Wellman
Roland Winters ... T. Hanley Brooks
Nicholas Joy ... Amos Strickland
Mikel Conrad ... Sgt. Stone
Morgan Farley ... Gregory Milford
Victoria Horne ... Mrs. Hargreave
Percy Helton ... Abernathy
Claire Du Brey ... Mrs. Grimsby
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$686,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Abbott and Costello and director Charles T. Barton were so happy with Lenore Aubert there was talk about putting her in another Abbott and Costello movie, however Lenore Aubert, Abbott, Costello and Barton said " Are we going to call the new team Abbott, Costello and Aubert or Abbott, Costello and Lenore "? See more »

Goofs

During the opening credit animation, after machine gun fire writes "Meet The Killer", the animated Costello says, "You didn't dot the 'I'!". This wouldn't be necessary, however, since the words are written in all capital letters. See more »

Quotes

Freddie Phillips: I have a confession to make.
Angela Gordon: You did it?
Freddie Phillips: No, I mean that stuff
[champagne]
Freddie Phillips: I don't drink that stuff, that's like drinking poison.
Angela Gordon: Oh come on...
Freddie Phillips: Oh stop it, the bubbles' is tickling my nose.
Angela Gordon: For little Angela...
Freddie Phillips: I wouldn't drink it for big Angela.
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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 "HaHa! 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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Meet The Killer
17 August 2005 | by cutshall0See all my reviews

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in this classic "who done it" movie. The team provides their usual funny pratfalls and mix-ups but along the way they manage to provide a classic theme to this movie. With Abbott and Costello, Karloff managing his way into the picture as the grueling possibility of the killer.

This may be Abbott and Costello's best attempt to provide some new material into their excellent routines. Costello's character, Phillips is mainly accused of murdering a well known lawyer after they have a public disagreement.

Phillips arrives at the lawyers hotel rooms to apologize but he finds that the lawyer has been murdered. Abbott goes far and above the the call of friendship to prove his friends innocents but who really did do it? Watch and see.


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