Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer (1949)

USA, 1949
35mm film, black and white
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American comedy horror film directed by Charles T. Barton.

Plot Summary

A pair of useless hotel workers, Freddy the bell-boy and Casey the hotel detective are implicated in a murder. The culprit is really Swami Talpur, a mad hypnotist.


Directed by: Charles T. Barton
Copyright MCMXLIX by Universal Pictures Company, Inc. Universal-International presents
Produced by: Robert Arthur
Screenplay: Hugh Wedlock Jr, Howard Snyder, John Grant
Story by: Hugh Wedlock Jr, Howard Snyder
Director of Photography: Charles Van Enger
Film Editor: Edward Curtiss
Music: Milton Schwartzwald, Daniele Amfitheatrof [uncredited], Johnny Green [uncredited], Hans J. Salter [uncredited], Paul Sawtell, Walter Schumann [uncredited], Frank Skinner [uncredited], Leith Stevens [uncredited]
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Rosemary Odell
Make-Up: Bed Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St Oegger
Special Photography: David S. Horsley
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Richard H. Riedel
Set Decorators: Russell A. Gausman and Oliver Emert

Bud Abbott (Casey Edwards)
Lou Costello (Freddie Phillips)
Boris Karloff (Swami Talpur)
Lenore Aubert (Angela Gordon)
Gar Moore (Jeff Wilson)
Donna Martell (Betty Crandall)
Alan Mowbray (Melton)
James Flavin (Inspector Wellman)
Roland Winters (T. Hanley Brooks)
Nicholas Joy (Amos Strickland)
Mikel Conrad (Sgt Stone)
Percy Helton (Abernathy)
Harry Hayden (Lawrence Crandall)
Morgan Farley (Gregory Milford)
Victoria Horne (Mrs Hargreave)
Claire Du Brey (Mrs Grimsby)
Gail Bonney
Vincent Renno (Mike Relia)
Murray Alper (Joe)
Frankie Van (Bozzo)

Alternative Titles

Abbott and Costello Meet Boris Karloff – UK title
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Killer
Easy Does It
– shooting title
Gianni e Pinotto e l’assassino misterioso – Italian title
Meet the Killer


Absurd no.3 p.23 – review
Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.4
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.16 no.191 (November 1949) – credits, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.176 no.5 (6 August 1949) p.4706 – review
Today’s Cinema vol.73 no.5876 (2 November 1949) p.11 – review
TV Times 8-14 June 1985 p.36 – review

The Abbott and Costello Book by Jim Mulholland pp.149-150; 230-231
Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen pp.196-197 – illustrated credits
The Abbott & Costello Story by Stephen Cox and John Lofflin p.226
Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.280-281; 389-390 – illustrated review; credits
Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.52-53; 212 – review; credits
Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again p.10 – credits, review
The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film p.1 by R.G. Young – credits, note
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis pp.14-15 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.1 – credits
The Horror Factory: The Horror Films of Universal 1931-1955 by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.170-171 – credits
Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Film and Television Credits Volume II p.732, Supplement p.309 – credits
The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team’s Monster Films by Jeffrey S. Miller pp.24, 34, 65, 73, 99, 120, 138, 147, 151, 188-215
The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael Weldon p.3 – credits, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.1 – credits
The Universal Story – credits, review
Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.204, 207 – illustrated article, review
Video Source Book 13th Edition Volume 1 (1992) p.3 – credits
Videohound’s Cult Flicks and Trash Pics p.2 – credits, review