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




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This was the last in a string of spoofs that found the comedy duo tangling with various classic Universal Studios monsters. In this case, Slim (Bud Abbott) and Tubby (Lou Costello) play American detectives who cross wits with Dr. Henry Jekyll (Boris Karloff) in Edwardian-era London when they visit to compare techniques with their British counterparts. Meanwhile, Dr. Jekyll is conducting the usual lab experiments on animals before injecting himself with serum, transforming into the vicious Mr. Hyde and launching a killing spree against fellow doctors who scoffed at him. Slim and Tubby participate in the ensuing investigation, and havoc breaks out when Tubby himself is injected, with predictable results. Karloff lends gravity to the film, but by the time this one followed up earlier efforts like Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy, the team had mostly exhausted the series' comic possibilities.
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Bud Abbott
as Slim
Boris Karloff
as Dr. Henry Jekyll
Helen Westcott
as Vicky Edwards
Craig Stevens
as Bruce Adams
Reginald Denny
as Inspector
John Dierkes
as Batley
Patti McKaye
as Dancer
Henry Corden
as Javanese Actor
Marjorie Bennett
as Militant Woman
Herbert Deans
as Victim
Judith Brian
as Woman on Bike
Clyde Cook
as Drunk
John Rogers
as Drunk
Gil Perkins
as Man on Bike
Hilda Plowright
as Nursemaid
Harry Cording
as Rough Character
Donald Kerr
as Chimney Sweep
Eddie Parker
as Mr. Hyde Stunt Double
Patti McKay
as Dancer
Tony Marshe
as Bobby
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

All Critics (8)

Stiff comedy.

Full Review… | April 19, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Surely, this isn't the best of Abbott and Costello, as they've been so much funnier in the past.

Full Review… | November 2, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Bud and Lou meet another monster for infrequent laughs.

January 2, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Passable Abbott and Costello entry with plus of Karloff.

August 27, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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July 17, 2005

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February 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Funny if not hilarious little film with some great moments and gags. Abbott and Costello as always are the best at what the do, getting laughs.

Hayden Larsen
Hayden Larsen

Yet another film combining Abbott and Costello with one of Universal's earlier horror film characters. As American cops involved in an exchange program in London, the duo are fired for their incompetence. Intent on redeeming themselves, they vow to catch the serial killer who has been plaguing the streets. When they finger a prominent doctor as the murderer, no one takes them seriously until it is verified by a news reporter. A chase across London then ensues. Strangely Dr Jekyll is just as evil as his alter-ego.


Corney as hell but I loved them.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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