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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a American horror comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott . Buy Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Read Movies & TV Reviews - ncsuk.info Directed by Charles Lamont. With Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Craig Stevens. Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in.
Meanwhile, Tubby and Slim decide that in order to get back on the police force they must capture this "monster" Hyde. While walking down the street that night, Tubby spots Hyde whom Slim at first mistakes for a burglar. They decide to follow Hyde into a music hall where Vicky is performing and Adams is visiting her. Tubby annoys an actor in a far-eastern demon mask by mistaking him for the monster, and gets called "barmy".Abbott and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde SCENE 4
A chase ensues, and Tubby traps Hyde in a wax museum. However, by the time he brings the Inspector Reginald DennyAdams, and Slim to the scene, the monster has already reverted to Dr. Jekyll and Tubby is once again scolded by the Police Inspector. The "good" doctor, however, asks Slim and Tubby to escort him to his home. Once at Jekyll's home, Tubby goes off exploring and winds up drinking a potion which transforms him into a large mouse.
They quickly became one of the nation's top box office attractions. Abbott and Costello now had enough clout to do just about anything they wanted. Or, at least Lou Costello did--as the nominal creative force behind the team and the only one who seemed interested in trying to steer the ship, he could have tried to exercise that leverage in any number of ways.
In the end, he used that leverage sparingly, arguing for the chance to make a couple of experimental comedies that kept him and Bud Abbott separate, so as to buy him some breathing room from his exasperating partner. Other than that, Abbott and Costello used their stardom to goof off--showing up late to the set, and focusing their attention on cards and other distractions. The lackadaisical attitude took its toll.
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Their marquee value dwindled; they left the nation's top studio MGM for a struggling also-ran Universal ; their longtime producer Alex Gottlieb departed; and their radio show ended. And then, just as it seemed everyone was ready to switch off the lights for good, they made a film called Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
It was a massive success that earned back huge profits to Universal, revived interest in both their moribund gothic horror cycle and the flagging Abbott and Costello comedies, and remains an enduringly beloved comedy classic to this day. Hyde; and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Problematically, distribution company Realart decided the best way to exploit their license to reissue old Abbott and Costello features was to more or less dump all of them onto theaters at once.
The marketplace was glutted with Abbott and Costello product--which only served to dilute the audience and emphasize how formulaic the films had become. Meanwhile, upstarts like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis started to peel away Abbott and Costello's audience--they were fresh, young, and silly, and quickly usurped the role of top comedy duo in the nation's hearts and cinemas. ByMartin and Lewis were the highest paid act in show business.
Bythey had appeared in a dozen films. Inby contrast, Abbott and Costello were falling out of their own films.
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Buddy Hackett and Hugh O'Brien subbed in to take over their roles and finish the film. When Costello felt well enough to return to work, producer Howard Christie decided it was time for the boys to "meet" Jekyll and Hyde.
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The early scenes of the finished film still retain some residual dialogue hinting at that alternate gender-bending scenario, but subsequent drafts by Lee Loeb and John Grant steered the project back into more familiar, and largely generic, territory.
Universal otherwise had not had any skin in the Dr. Thanks to Abbott and Costello, though, Universal now had a handy gimmick to try out their own Jekyll and Hyde variant, with genre superstar Boris Karloff in the title role, more or less.
Jekyll, ceding the part of Mr. Hyde to his stunt double Eddie Parker in a mask. Jekyll and eventually Tubby transformed. Instead of drinking a potion, as in all other versions, they inject themselves with a syringe. The censors were very uneasy about this and regulated the film makers by changing the scope from the actual injection to the facial expressions and movements the actors could convey while taking the injection. This, along with the scenes of Mr.
Hyde, actually landed the film an X rating in Britain! The biggest source of conflict probably came from one of the most revered actors of the time. It was no secret that Boris Karloff was not a fan of these kinds of films. He felt as if it was insulting to the characters and genre he had given so much too. The first example of this was when he turned down the role of Frankenstein in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. However, having to fulfill his obligations to the studio he signed on to be in not one, but two A and C films.
Abbott and Costello were known for their use of pranks and pie fights in between filming to keep the tempo up, something that Karloff did not much appreciate. Stuntman Eddie Parker actually performed all of the Mr. Hyde scenes; however he was not even credited in the film.
The last part of controversy from this film was the when Karloff wrapped filming; this was his last performance in a Universal studios film.
As I stated before, this film should be taken at face value for a good time, however there were some nice takes on the legendary character involved. First off, the manner of how Jekyll transforms is different from every other version of the character.
The character of Dr.
Jekyll himself is also different. This version is actually closer to the original novel. The cast, of course, is led by Abbott and Costello, although this film is somewhat unique due to the change in style of their acting.
Their past movies were very heavy with dialogue that would lead to a gag.
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This film featured much less of this and much more physical comedy. Boris Karloff is, as usual, terrific and haunting. Craig Stevens and Helen Westcott are a nice pairing as their chemistry could be felt coming off the screen.