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

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

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Charles Lamont

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

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
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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Tubby: Hey Slim? Slim? I gotta go home. I forgot something.
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One's Inner Hyde
13 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Abbott&Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde the only thing that struck me wrong was the casting of Craig Stevens and Helen Westcott as the young lovers. Both are completely American and have absolutely no trace of English speech pattern for a story set in Victorian London. Even Bud and Lou's presence in the film is explained that they are Americans studying English police methods. Which begs the question, what police force in America would hire them?

The cultivated Dr. Henry Jekyll is played by Boris Karloff, but his Jekyll is not the scientist that we saw Fredric March and Spencer Tracy play. He's well into his experiments that now have him change without warning into Mr. Hyde. Unlike with Tracy and March, Hyde does not speak he just grunts and growls the way Karloff's Frankenstein monster does.

Westcott is Karloff's ward whom he has raised since childhood, but those aren't fatherly glances he's giving her now. Especially since young reporter Stevens has become interested in Westcott after covering her at a suffragette rally. It doesn't take much to get his inner Hyde going.

As for Bud and Lou none of their patented burlesque routines are featured here, but they still get plenty of laughs. Unfortunately for the film, their best moments are as London Bobbys trying to break up the suffragette rally where the women do get the better of them which is at the beginning of the film.

Of course at the end Costello gets jabbed with some of Karloff's Hyde serum and goes off on an inner Hyde journey of his own. Reginald Denny has a fine role as the English Scotland Yard Inspector driven quite crazy like Herbert Lom by this pair of American Clouseaus.

Not the best of A&C, but the boys still had a lot of good humor still left for their audience.


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