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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, (1953) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff

Buy from Amazon.com  Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  is considered by many  Abbott and Costello  fans to be one of their worst efforts.   Although it has many very funny moments, it can be safely said that it doesn’t have nearly enough of them.

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1953
The basic scenario is that Slim (Bud Abbott) and Tubby (Lou Costello) are American cops in London to study police tactics. They wind up in jail and are bailed out by Dr. Jekyll (Boris Karloff). Jekyll has been murdering fellow doctors who laugh at his experiments. He’s in love with his beautiful young ward, and is willing to murder her boyfriend in order to steal her love.

At one point the serum that turns Jekyll into the murderous Hyde gets injected into Tubby.   Highlights include Lou being turned into a gigantic mouse, a large chase scene at the end with nearly  everyone  injected with the Hyde formula, and Lou turned into Hyde.

If you’re a fan of Boris Karloff (which I am), you’ll appreciate his performance as both the evil Dr. Jekyll and the more-evil Mr. Hyde.

Is it worth owning?   As part of the DVD collection, absolutely, although I might not purchase it on its’ own.

Trivia for  Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • Boris Karloff only really played Dr. Jekyll in this film. Once the makeup transformation scenes were over, stuntman Eddie Parker did every scene as Mr. Hyde. This was even tipped off to audiences through publicity stills for the film, which showed both Karloff and Parker in makeup standing next to each other.
  • Unlike other versions of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, this time Jekyll is pretty evil in his own right. He seems to have no qualms about deliberately becoming Mr. Hyde so he can commit a murder.

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