Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1953
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff
Abbot and Costello play Slim and Tubby, who are American cops in London to study police tactics. They wind up in jail and are bailed out by Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll has been murdering fellow doctors who laugh at his experiments. He has more murders in mind. At one point the serum that turns Jekyll into the murderous Hyde gets injected into Tubby.
The mixture of comedy and horror works a treat! Karloff’s performance adds real class to the tomfoolery on screen. The depiction of turn of the century London, (fog shrouded streets and fish and chip shops) adds to the films charm. It is done in much the same way as the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes mysteries of the same period. Bud and Lou carry off their roles well and the romantic subplot seems not to intrude as much as in the boys earlier wartime comedies. All in all a good little film to watch with lots of laughs!
Tagline: The Laughs Are Twice as MONSTER-OUS as Ever Before!
- Director: Charles Lamont
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co: Universal International Pictures (UI)
- Run time: 76 minutes
- Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
- Color: Black and White
- Subtitles: Optional English or Spanish
Sample Video from Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
BONUS: Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde 1925 Silent Film
Stars: Stars: Stan Laurel, Julie Leonard, Pete the Dog
As a bonus, this DVD includes the 1925 silent film “Dr Pyckle and Mr. Pryde“, a short comedy-horror film. The film itself is both a spoof of the previous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde films. These include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of 1912 and 1920, plus the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde“. The film stars Stan Laurel as the title character.
Dr. Pyckle, a respected British scientist, searches for the correct combination of chemicals for a powerful potion. Once he finds it, he tries it on himself. But instead of the wonderful effect the doctor had hoped for, the potion turns him into the diabolical Mr. Pryde, a fiend who outwits police at every turn while scouring London for fresh victims of practical jokes.
- Directed by: Scott Pembroke and Joe Rock
- Company: Joe Rock Comedies
- Run time: 21 minutes
- Country: United States
- Language: English
- Color: Black-and-White
- Sound Mix: Silent
Sample Video from Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde
This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
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