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Product Details

  • Actors: Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Helen Westcott
  • Directors: Charles Lamont
  • Format: Black & White
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MCA
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KHJL6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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You'll laugh your way through the foggy streets of London as Abbott and Costello take on Boris Karloff in a hilarious spoof of the famed horror classic. This is the 1953 release.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on December 7, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This movie has taken a bum rap over the years. The vast majority of people who've seen it -- particularly Abbott and Costello fans -- don't like it. Some even hate it. The reason: they say it just is not funny.
Actually, there are some VERY funny moments...but less than a half-dozen of them. Yet, this is a film Abbott & Costello fans will want to see (and own) -- and ANYONE who is a classic horror movie fan will want to OWN IT (remember that as we move into the 21st century this is unlikely to be available so now is the time!).
Firstly, I'm a bit biased about this film. This is the very first movie I remember seeing as a kid and the first I remember seeing in a movie theater. I have not seen it since I bought it on Amazon-- and was NOT disappointed!
Why? I like horror movies. And this is less of an Abbott & Costello movie than a low-budget remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Boris Karloff in the title role.
If you're a Karloff fan like I am, this is a TREASURE: he is at his evil, slimiest best...even glowering at times. Special effects were clearly Universal Studios style, essentially the same effect as used in the Wolfman series. The movie seldom lags but it is made according to the Universal horror formula at the times (less like an A&C film).
View this film NOT as a hilarious Abbott & Costello comedy but a remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with an appearance by Abbott and Costello and you'll love it. The comedy team really doesn't do all that much in this movie and most seems derivative from their other horror spoofs. This also has far less comedy overall than those other films but as a REMAKE of this HORROR movie with A&C it is WELL worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Tobin on November 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This film recycles all the jokes from A and C meet Frankenstein, but this time they've lost some of their shine. Frankenstein had 3 bad guys for the boys to contend with, (Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman) this film, like A and C meet the mummy, suffers from its audience having already seen better. (A and C meet the Invisible Man is the only one that doesn't suffer from this, because the jokes are fresh and Original) All that aside the boys still constantly have me laughing. Anyone who loves Abbott and Costello NEED to own this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned on September 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Tubby (Lou) and Slim (Bud) are two police officers in London studying the English police methods. After getting kick off the force, they determine that if they can catch the monster that has been killing prominent doctors they will be able to get their jobs back. Dr. Jekyll (Karloff) is experimenting with the idea of separating "good from evil" and in his lab is transforming character traits between various animals (e.g. Tubby has a bunny rabbit snap at him). Dr. Jekyll's ward Vicky falls for a newspaperman Bruce - Jekyll has loved Vicky for years and he decides to become Mr. Hyde to get rid of Bruce. While hunting for the monster in Dr. Jekyll's home, Tubby falls on a hypodermic needle, becomes a monster, and the chase begins.
This is an excellent movie for Karloff and Abbott & Costello fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scotman's Critic's Corner VINE VOICE on November 26, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
Boris Karloff plays the doctor in this one. And even though this is a comedy film, he plays it straight. Karloff was always good with the apparently sane doctor who actually is carrying out mad experiments as a basic mad scientist and does well here too.

But the Karloff makeup was not up to Spencer Tracy standard. The change to Mr. Hyde was done fairly well, but the Hyde mask was pretty obviously a rubber mask.

The film starts out with a general plot of our boys, Tubby & Slim (you can guess who is who) who are in Edwardian England as American cops learning the ways of the British methods of police work. Unfortunately they have a hard time breaking up a disturbance -- a group of women want the right the vote, and there are men who are yelling "Let's get them back to the kitchen!" and causing a riot.

Our boys get caught in the middle of it all and tons of slapstick ensues.

We have our star-crossed lovers as well. The woman in the mix is Vicky Edwards (played great by Helen Westcott, who had more success in Fifties TV than film - Perry Mason, etc.) as the suffragette and her boyfriend newsman Bruce Adams (who went on to play in the TV series Peter Gunn, actor Craig Stevens).

There are several chase scenes and a bit too much slapstick. There's lots of action comedy in other words, including the usual narrow escapes and the occasional murder (it is a horror movie after all) but not a lot of the comedy skits and dialogue that I've come to like about A&C.

Not a bad entry, if for the great acting performance and creepiness of Karloff, it would have been well below what the boys are known for -- great comedic dialogue and slapstick!
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The film opens in early 20th century London. A cloaked figure attacks and kills a person walking on the sidewalk. Another unsolved murder. Women are demonstrating for the vote - they put on a song and dance for equal rights! There is a protest from onlookers and comic violence. Bruce Adams is the reporter who covers this happening. Tubby and Slim are employed as Bobbies to study police methods. Dr. Jekyll is studying the human mind so as to control mankind for its betterment. Does he have a secret in his basement? Is there a serum that brings out the bestial nature of mankind? [Was this story a parable for alcohol prohibition?]

Tubby and Slim see someone climbing up the side of a theater; they think it is a burglar. Tubby searches for the burglar and sees the monster. There is a comic chase, but the monster escapes and lands in a wax museum. Tubby catches the monster, but it turns into a harmless person. [The police suspect nothing.] Slim and Tubby are invited to Dr. Jekyll's mansion for the night. Tubby snoops and finds a secret laboratory with strange animals. Tubby drinks some funny tasting water which affects his outlook. The police don't believe their story.

There is a new development when Bruce Adams wants to marry Vicky Edwards, Dr. Jekyll's ward; jealousy pops out. Vicky's screams bring Bruce back, and warns Tubby and Slim. Bruce uses his revolver to stop Jekyll's assistant Batley. Then they chase the fleeing monster. There are unforeseen changes in Tubby's behavior. This chase is as funny as can be. The police catch the wrong man. In the end the real monster ceases to be a problem. [Does it remind you of "The Invisible Man"?] There is a very funny ending at the police station.

This film does not seem to be as funny as their earlier films, but it is still good. They seem older and tired.
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