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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

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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.

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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
Sid Saylor
as Waiter
Charles T. Perry
as Rocky's Handler
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

All Critics (10)

It manages to do right by both Abbott and Costello AND the Invisible Man, something none of their other horror pastiches did with such ease or good-natured fun.

Full Review… | June 5, 2016
Antagony & Ecstasy

My favorite of the three Abbott and Costello vs. Universal monsters films. There are jokes in this movie that are actually laugh-out loud funny, even by today's standards. Adults will enjoy the humor. Kids like the slapstick. It's a pleasant combination.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

Not Funny.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mediocre A&C packed with corn and laughs.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Better than average Abbott and Costello vehicle.

December 4, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

My favorite of the duo's adventures into Universal Monster-Town.

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

½

Funny stuff that doesn't depart too much from the story. Many of the concepts from the original Invisible Man films come back into play, and the story could have worked pretty well on its own- but it's even more enjoyable with a couple of goof-balls to interact with.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

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 Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

½

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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