Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

USA, 1951
82m, 7394 feet/2254 metres
35mm film, black and white
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American comedy science fiction film directed by Charles Lamont.

Plot Summary

When boxer Tommy Nelson is accused of killing his manager, bungling detectives Bud and Lou investigate. Rather than face the police, Tommy injects himself with an invisibility formula and together with Abbott and Costello, he plans to capture the real culprit, Morgan, with Costello and an invisible Tommy fighting Rocky Hanlon in the ring…


* = uncredited

Director: Charles Lamont
Universal International Pictures
Producer: Howard Christie
Script: Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant, Robert Lees
Story: Hugh Wedlock Jr, Howard Snyder
Characters: H.G. Wells
Director of Photography: George Robinson
Editor: Virgil W. Vogel
Music Director: Joseph Gershenson
Music: Daniele Amfitheatrof, Johnny Green, William Lava, Milton Rosen, Hans J. Salter, Walter Scharf, Eric Zeisl [all uncredited]
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
Make Up: Bud Westmore
Hairstyles: Joan St. Oegger
Special Effects: David S. Horsley
Optical Photography: Roswell A. Hoffmann
Art Director: Bernard Herzbrun, Richard Riedel
Set Decorators: Russell A. Gausman, John Austin

Bud Abbott (Bud Alexander)
Lou Costello (Lou Francis)
Nancy Guild (Helen Gray)
Arthur Franz (Tommy Nelson)
Adele Jergens (Boots Marsden)
Sheldon Leonard (Morgan)
William Frawley (Detective Roberts)
Gavin Muir (Dr Philip Gray)
Sam Balter (voice of radio announcer)
John Day [real name: John Daheim] (Rocky Hanlon)
Billy Wayne (Rooney)
Bobby Barber (Sneaky)
Edward Gargan (Milt)
Paul Maxey (Dr James C. Turner)
Herbert Vigran (Stillwell)
Frankie Van (referee)
Carl Sklover (Lou’s handler)
George J. Lewis (Torpedo)
Ralph Dunn (motorcycle cop)
Harold Goodwin (bartender)
Perc Launders (cop)
Edith Sheets (nurse)
Milt Bronson (ring announcer)
Richard Bartell (baldheaded man)
Syd Saylor (waiter)
Charles Perry (Rocky’s handler)
Walter F. Appler [Dugan] *
Howard Banks [officer] *
Ralph Brooks, Roy Darmour, Dick Gordon, Rory Mallinson [man] *
Russ Conway, Billy Snyder [newspapermen] *
Frank Dae [Colonel Duffie] *
Kit Guard [fighter] *
Donald Kerr [ice cream vendor] *
Ralph Montgomery, Franklin Parker [photographers] *
Charles Perry [Rocky’s handler] *
Syd Saylor [waiter] *
Jack Shutta [attendant] *

Alternative Titles

Abbott en Costello en de Onzichtbare Man – Dutch title
Abbott und Costello auf Sherlock Holmes’ Spuren – German title
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man – on-screen title
Bud Abbott Lou Costello… Meet the Invisible Man
Gianni e Pinotto contro l’uomo invisibile – Italian title
Meet the Invisible Man
Das Unsichtbare trifft Abbott und Costello – German title

See also
The Invisible Man (1933)

Extracts included in
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.4
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  • Motion Picture Herald vol.181 no.2 (14 October 1950) – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.182 no.10 (10 March 1951) p.24 – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.182 no.11 (17 March 1951) p.758 – review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.7 no.6235 (23 April 1951) p.5 – review
  • Variety 7 March 1951 – review


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