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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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AS PRIVATE EYES...they're getting an Eyeful! 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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$627,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several shots are from Universal's The Invisible Man Returns (1940): the scenes where the guinea pig is turned Invisible (reversed footage), the harness of the invisible guinea pig moving around its cage and the scene where the Invisible Man is unpacking a suitcase of clothes left outside in the woods. 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

Lou Francis: If that's not Tommy Nelson it's Frankenstein. FRANKENSTEIN!
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Connections

Follows The Wolf Man (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-bye Baby
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Music by Effie I. Canning
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Nice little comedy with clever script...A&C fans will enjoy it...
18 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This entry in the Universal series of A&C comedies ranks with the top half-dozen of their films. The notion of having the pair meet one of Universal's most famous "creatures" is a good one--and somehow, despite some wildly overdone slapstick--it works.

The pair play bumbling detectives who attempt to prove an innocent man (Arthur Franz) has been framed for murder. The special effects are particularly good and were done by the same man, John Fulton, who did the original camera effects for 'The Invisible Man'. A highlight of the film has Costello in the fighting ring being helped by his invisible client.

Nice work by Arthur Franz as the man who takes the serum, Nancy Guild as the feminine interest, Adele Jergens and Sheldon Leonard. Fans of A&C will rank this one among their best.


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