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

USA, 1953
76m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont.

Plot Summary

London is plagued by a series of mysterious killings. Smooth talking, two fisted American journalist Bruce Adams teams up with Slim and Tubby, a pair of dimwit cops on loan from an American police force to learn British policing methods, to help solve the crimes. Vicky Edwards, leader of a suffragette movement, strikes up a relationship with Adams, unaware that her guardian, Dr Jekyll, is the perpetrator of the heinous murders. Slim and Tubby are dismissed from the force on account of their staggering ineptitude and set about ingratiating their way back into their commanding officers good books by independently bringing the killer to book.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Copyright MCMLIII [1953] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents a Universal-International picture
Produced by: Howard Christie
Screenplay by: Leo Loeb and John Grant
Based on stories by: Sidney Fields and Grant Garrett
Characters: Robert Louis Stevenson [uncredited]
Assistant Director: William Holland
Dialogue Director: Milt Bronson [uncredited]
Director of Photography: George Robinson
Film Editor: Russell Schoengarth
Musical Direction: Joseph Gershenson
Music: Miklos Rozsa (from Kiss the Blood Off My Hands); Hans J. Salter; Frank Skinner (uncredited); Eric Zeisl [all uncredited]
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Rosemary Odell
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Mask Designer: Millicent Patrick [uncredited]
Special Photography: David S. Horsley
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Eric Orbom
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, John Austin
Dance Director: Kenny Williams
Stunts: Eddie Parker (Mr Hyde) [uncredited]
Stunt Pedestrians: John Daheim, Bert LeBaron, Teddy Mangean, David Sharpe, Ken Terrell, Sailor Vincent, Al Wyatt [all uncredited]

Cast
Bud Abbott (Slim)
Boris Karloff (Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde)
Craig Stevens (Bruce Adams)
Helen Westcott (Vicky Edwards)
Reginald Denny (Inspector)
John Dierkes (Natley)
Pattie McKay, Betty Tyler, Lucille Lamarr [can-can dancers – uncredited]
Henry Corden [actor in Javanese costume – uncredited]
Harry Cording [rough character in park – uncredited]
Carmen De Lavallade [Javanese actress – uncredited]
Marjorie Bennett [militant woman on soapbox – uncredited]
Arthur Gould-Porter [bartender – uncredited]
Clyde Cook, John Rogers [drunks in pub – uncredited]
Herbert Deans [Dr Stephen J. Poole – uncredited]
Gil Perkins [Oscar – uncredited]
Judith Brian [woman on bike – uncredited]
Hilda Plowright [nursemaid – uncredited]
Betty Fairfax [suffragette – uncredited]
James Aubrey [sleeping man in park – uncredited]
Susan Randall [girl – uncredited]
Harry Wilson [man with match – uncredited]
Wilson Benge [stage doorman – uncredited]
Michael Hadlow, Tony Marsh, Clive Morgan [bobbies – uncredited]
Isabelle Dwan [Mrs Penprase – uncredited]
Al Ferguson [Watkins the coachman – uncredited]
Keith Hitchcock [jailer – uncredited]
Duke Johnson [juggler – uncredited]
Donald Kerr [chimney sweep – uncredited]
Ken Terrell, John Daheim [hecklers in park – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Abbott en Costelle Ontmoeten Dr Jekyll en Mr Hyde – Dutch title
Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde – working title
Gianni e Pinotto contro il dottor Jekyll – Italian title

Extracts included in
Coming Soon (1982)

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.4
  • The Film Daily vol.104 no.17 24 Jul 1953 p.10 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.125 no.21 24 Jul 1953 p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2430 21 Jan 1954 p.17 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.21 no.242 (March 1954) p.38 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.190 no.6 7 Feb 1953 p.26 (USA) – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.191 no.13 27 Jun 1953 p.1887 (USA) – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.192 no.5 1 Aug 1953 p.1934 – review
  • Nebula Science Fiction vol.1 no.2 (Spring 1953) p.95 – note (Scientifilm previews by Forrest J. Ackerman)
  • Sight & Sound vol.10 no.9 (September 2000) p.61 – illustrated video review (Video reviews: retail by Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.82 no.6928 14 Jan 1954 p.6 – review
  • TV Times 4-10 February 1984 p.33 – credits
  • TV Times 1-7 November 1986 p.77 – credits
  • Variety 29 Jul 1953 – review

Books

  • The Abbott and Costello Book by Jim Mulholland pp.169-171; 237-238
  • Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen p.202 – illustrated credits
  • The Abbott & Costello Story by Stephen Cox and John Lofflin pp.235
  • Aurum Film Encyclopaedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.136 – credits, review
  • Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.280-281; 391
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer p.61 – note
  • Classic Movie Monsters by Donald F. Glut pp.100-102; 272 – note
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.10 – credits, review
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film by R.G. Young p.1 – credits, note
  • Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Films from 1897 to the Present by C.J. Henderson p.1 – credits, synopsis
  • The Essential Monster Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.26 – credits, review
  • Fantastic Cinema Subject Guide: A Topical Index to 2,500 Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films by Bryan Senn and John Johnson p.320 – credits
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.14 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.14 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II Donald C. Willis p.1 – credits
  • The Horror Factory: The Horror Films of Universal 1931-1955 by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.161-162;170 – article, review; credits
  • Horror Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.10 – credits, review
  • The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team’s Monster Films by Jeffrey S. Miller pp.26, 62, 71, 83, 88-114, 116, 117, 120, 127, 129, 134, 149, 155, 162, 190
  • Horrors from Screen to Scream by Ed Naha p.1 – note
  • Keep Watching the Skies: The 21st Century Edition by Bill Warren pp.23-26 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • A Pictorial History of Horror Movies by Denis Gifford p.44, 142 – notes
  • The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael Weldon p.3 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.1 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.116-117 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction Film Source Book by David Wingrove p.20 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits Volume II by Harris M. Lentz p.731 – credits
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory p.207 – illustrated article, review
  • Video Source Book 13th Edition (1992) volume 1 p.2 – credits
  • Videohound’s Cult Flicks and Trash Pics by Carol Schwartz and Jim Olenski p.1 – credits, review