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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 1 August 1953 (USA)
Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England.


Charles Lamont


Lee Loeb (screenplay), John Grant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Slim
Lou Costello ... Tubby
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Craig Stevens ... Bruce Adams
Helen Westcott ... Vicky Edwards
Reginald Denny ... Inspector
John Dierkes ... Batley


Slim and Tubby are American cops in London to study police tactics. They wind up in jail and are bailed out by Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll has been murdering fellow doctors who laugh at his experiments. He has more murders in mind. At one point the serum that turns Jekyll into the murderous Hyde gets injected into Tubby. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Laughs Are Twice as MONSTER-OUS as Ever Before! See more »


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Unlike other versions of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, this time Jekyll is pretty evil in his own right. He seems to have no qualms about deliberately becoming Mr. Hyde so he can commit a murder. See more »


In the Hyde Park sequence, when Abbott and Costello fall through the pothole, the carpet covering the pothole is clearly visible as they try to pull themselves out. See more »


Vicky Edwards: Oh... which address do you prefer?
Bruce Adams: Yours. Otherwise how can I mail you what I write about your suffragette movement?
Vicky Edwards: Are you sure it's the cause you're interested in?
Bruce Adams: Oh! Naturally!
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Version of Mighty Mouse Meets Jekyll and Hyde Cat (1944) See more »


Till We Women Get to Vote
Performed by Helen Westcott
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Middle tier A&C picture boosted by Karloff's looming presence.
18 May 2011 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is directed by Charles Lamont and loosely based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It stars Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Boris Karloff. Plot finds Bud and Lou as two coppers in old time London who become involved with the hunt for a monstrous killer. A hunt that brings them into contact with the mysterious Dr. Jekyll.

It would be the fourth from last movie the popular comedy duo would make together, and the latest to see them paired with a famous monster from 30's cinema. Although it's a touch weak in the comedy stakes, and it does kind of feel like they are winding down after such a fruitful career, the film holds up well as a polished picture. The writers have varied the Jekyll & Hyde legend by actually having Jekyll himself be evil, wonderfully essayed by Karloff, and a couple of sequences are genuinely laugh out loud funny: think mouse head, think hypodermic needle; while the involvement of the Suffragettes in the story gives it some historical interest. It's also good on atmosphere, be it the moody streets of London, or Costello alone in a wax museum, Lamont and photographer George Robinson give it a creepy veneer before the anarchy breaks out.

Unlikely to encourage new fans to their work, but a safe addition for those who enjoy the majority of their output. 7/10

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Release Date:

1 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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