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Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 March 1951 (USA)
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Hugh Wedlock Jr. (story), Howard Snyder (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Sam Balter ... Radio Announcer
John Daheim John Daheim ... Rocky Hanlon (as John Day)
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Storyline

Boxer Tommy Nelson is accused of killing his manager. While detectives Bud and Lou investigate they come across an invisibility formula with which Tommy injects himself rather than face the police. This sparks an idea for trapping gangster Morgan by having Lou fight champ Rocky Hanlon, with Tommy's invisible help. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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You'll shiver... You'll shudder... You'll shout with laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet the Invisible Man See more »

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Budget:

$627,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

823 Maple Lane is the same house on the Universal back-lot as 1313 Mockingbird Lane, otherwise known as the Munster Mansion. See more »

Goofs

Since Lou never completes counting out the bribe money that he has found in the box of flowers, Bud could not know that it totals $15,000. See more »

Quotes

Bud Alexander: [a motorcycle cop comes up on the car Tommy's driving] I hope he has his license.
Lou Francis: I hope he's in the car!
Officer: [at the back window] Pull over to the side!
Lou Francis: [points to the front seat] Tell him, he's driving!
Officer: [moves up, looks at the empty driver seat] I said pull over to the...
[stops in a daze, cut to him on the psychiatrist couch looking at the doctor's watch]
Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist: Now tell us again what you saw.
Officer: I told you three times already.
Det. Roberts: Well tell it to him again.
Officer: I saw a car with nobody driving somebody.
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Soundtracks

Rock-a-bye Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
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THE WHITE RABBIT'S REVIEW OF ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN
27 June 2002 | by micahknappSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man- ***

Here we are again, drawn into yet another Abbott and Costello movie. This time, the special effects out due the original Invisible man, and the humor from Abbott and Costello is at its best. This is one of the better films by them, most of the others are slow and somewhat boring. Here, its exciting and funny at the same time.

This is when Abbott and Costello are actually enjoyable to watch. Sure they overuse a lot of the same jokes, but at least there's some new ones too. I've never been a big admirer of Abbott and Costello, however there are a couple of their films that I really do love. I especially like their short skits, because they usually tend to be funnier. Here are some of my other favorites: Who's on First? Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein -Micah Knapp


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