Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

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The best of Universal-International's followups to Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man casts Bud and Lou as mail-order private eyes. The boys champion the cause of boxer Arthur Franz, who has been framed for murder. Utilizing the formula created by Claude Rains in the original Invisible Man (1933), Franz vanishes before Dr. Gavin Muir's astonished eyes. Cloaked by invisibility, Franz talks Bud and Lou into helping him nab the real murderer, gangster Sheldon Leonard. A string of uproarious gags and comic setpieces is highlighted by a boxing-ring finale, wherein Lou, backed up by the invisible Franz, dukes it out with a behemoth prizefighter. A clever special-effects closing gag caps this delightful A&C vehicle.

Cast

Bud Abbott
as Bud Alexander
Lou Costello
as Lou Francis
Arthur Franz
as Tommy Nelson
Adele Jergens
as Boots Marsden
Nancy Guild
as Helen Gray
William Frawley
as Detective Roberts
Gavin Muir
as Dr. Philip Gray
Sam Balter
as Radio Announcer
Syd Saylor
as Waiter
John Day
as Rocky Hanlon
Paul Maxey
as Dr. Turner
Herb Vigran
as Stillwell
Frankie Van
as Referee
Carl Sklover
as Lou's Handler
Ralph Dunn
as Motorcycle Cop
Harold Goodwin
as Bartender
Milt Bronson
as Ring Announcer
Richard Bartell
as Baldheaded Man
Charles T. Perry
as Rocky's Handler
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

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Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

  • Nov 05, 2014
    The best of Abbott & Costello's follow-ups to meeting Frankenstein and way superior to all of the Invisible Man sequels, Meet the Invisible Man actually boasts the most laugh-out-loud moments from their monster team-ups. Oh, like the film before it, the story and action play out at an almost childlike level. Still, the boxing match alone demonstrates the high points of each franchise: great special effects and hilarious visual gags. In this classic Universal horror-comedy, two bumbling private eyes (Abbott, Costello) help a man wrongly accused of murder (Arthur Franz) who has become invisible to help clear his name. Filmgoers cant help but love this exceptional blending of comedy and horror. The comedy team fire on all cylinders as inept sleuths who just graduated from a detective correspondence school. What constitutes a story earns more plaudits than its contemporaries (the convict-clearing-his-name bit already got used in The Invisible Man's Return and The Invisible Man's Revenge) because its purposely played for laughs, not unintentionally. Bottom line: H.G. Well Done
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2011
    Just like every other Abbott and Costello movie, it's fun but very silly. Overall, it's entertaining, but it could have been better if it were a real invisible man movie instead of a comedy.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2008
    This is a classic. Abbott and Costello bring the laughs through out the film. I always enjoy watching this film. This time the duo meet the invisible man. The film is a mix of mystery and comedy. This is one of my favorites from Abbott and Costello.
    Corey n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2008
    Another one of my faves. The boxing match in this one is hilarious. Very, very funny.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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