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Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951)

When innocent boxer Tommy Nelson (Arthur Franz) is set up and charged for killing his manager, he steals a serum from Dr Philip Gray (Gavin Muir) to make himself invisible and escape the police.

A couple of bumbling private investigators (guess who) who have only recently graduated from Dugan’s Detective Academy step into the ring to try to add visibility to the situation.

The plan to clear Nelson’s name involves Lou pretending to be boxer Louie the Looper, stepping into the ring with Rocky Hanlon (John Day). Unknown to the gangsters who have a lot of dough riding on the bout, it’s really a handicapped match with the invisible Nelson ensuring a victory for the Looper.

Lou eventually somehow gets the invisibility serum into his own bloodstream, resulting in some brief silliness in a hospital ward.

The film features convincing special effects by John Fulton, the camera ace who also did trick photography for the original Invisible Man.


Bud Alexander
Bud Abbott
Lou Francis
Lou Costello
Helen Gray
Nancy Guild
Tommy Nelson
Arthur Franz
Boots Marsden
Adele Jergens
Sheldon Leonard
Detective Roberts
William Frawley
Dr Philip Gray
Gavin Muir
Radio announcer
Sam Balter
Billy Wayne
Rocky Hanlon
John Day
Bobby Barber
Edward Gargan
Dr Turner
Paul Maxey
Herbert Vigran
Lou’s handler
Carl Sklover
George J Lewis
Rocky’s handler
Charles Perry

Charles Lamont