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Bud Abbott and 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Bud Alexander
... Lou Francis
... Helen Gray
... Tommy Nelson
... Boots Marsden
... Morgan
... Detective Roberts
... Dr. Philip Gray
Sam Balter ... Radio Announcer
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 »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi | Sport

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7 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$627,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The same year this film was released, William Frawley would join the cast of a television series that would go on to become one if the most beloved comedies of all-time: I Love Lucy as Lucy & Ricky's neighbor/best friend/landlord, Fred Mertz. See more »

Goofs

When Bud puts down the drink of the second bar guy, you can see the thin wires if you look very carefully. See more »

Quotes

Bud Alexander: [grabbed by the invisible man] Oh no! It's Tommy Nelson, Lou, he's here!
[grabs the air]
Bud Alexander: I touched him!
[gets slapped]
Lou Francis: I think he touched you back.
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Connections

Follows Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

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Wiener Blut Waltz
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Certainly one of the best in the series.
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Our intrepid bumbling duo deliver the goods in one of the better offerings on their considerable CV. Here they are freshly qualified Private Investigators thrust into a murder investigation with an invisible man. That alone should tell you that the fun flows at a very decent clip, so with that I just need to say that some of the sequences here are comedy gold. Like a scene at a restaurant that is excellent, or Costello pretending to work the ball in the gym, and a final reel of a boxing match that really gets the laughter flowing. Watching these guys act as if with a real invisible man is wonderful, and of course the effects team also deserve praise for doing such a damn fine job with the invisible man of the piece.

Not quite as good as...Meet Frankenstein, but it's darn near close. 8/10


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