Saturday Movie Review – “Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man”

This is not the Invisible Man of the horror movie
continuity, but one they created just for this movie.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Bud Abbott as Bud.

Lou Costello as Lou.

Written by John Grant, Robert Lees, Frederic I.
Rinaldo, Howard
Snyder, and Hugh Wedlock Jr., inspired by the story
written by
H.G. Wells.

Directed by Charles Lamont

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Abbott and Costello, recently graduated detectives,
get hired by a
framed man to prove his innocence. To hide from the
police, the man
who was framed takes an injection to become invisible.

High Point

Bud tries to cover up the presence of an invisible

Low Point

The effects of the serum on Lou are remarkably
inconsistent with the
effects on the others.

The Scores

This feels a bit more original than the trip
to Mars. Rather
than just follow the footsteps of the
Frankenstein flick,
they created a new character with a similar back
story, who had more
acceptable motives. They went with multiple spoofed
genres this
time. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects are fairly well done. We can see
some of the
outlines on the film where the invisible effects were
done, but those
are usually minor. There are some cases, such as the
card shuffling
and dealing, in which it is rather obvious. I give it
4 out of 6.

The story had an actual point! There was a
clear goal, with
obstacles, challenges, and everything. It wasn’t deep
unpredictable, but it was an actual story. I give it
3 out of 6.

The acting was a little more inspired. The
consistently look at the same height when talking to
the invisible
man, which is a nice change from most of these movies,
and the guest
stars are convincing enough in their roles. I give it
4 out of 6.

The emotional response isn’t bad. I only
laughed out loud in
the one scene mentioned above, but I was amused by
several. I give it
3 out of 6.

The production was done well enough. There’s
still nothing
innovative or truly interesting in the way it was
made, but there
weren’t the glaring problems of the Mars
film, either. I
give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent movie, but not a great
one, worthy of
a single viewing on a day when you don’t particularly
want to think.
I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible
25 out of 42.

Next Week

Next week’s review will be of The Butterfly