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Directed by Charles Lamont. With Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Craig Stevens. Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Reviews. All Critics April 19, Passable Abbott and Costello entry with plus of Karloff. 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 .
If you are going into this one, as well as any of the other Abbott and Costello Meets… films expecting an existential experience that unlocks deep secrets inside yourself, this may not be for you. These films were intended to allow audiences a small amount of time in their day where they do not have to worry or bring their baggage with them, to just enjoy and laugh at the hijinks on screen.
To me, that is the charm of old school Hollywood films. For the most part these films were selfless in the idea that they were made to entertain audiences and get a laugh.
That simple fact alone is why I think the Abbott and Costello movies are still beloved today not only by older generations, but really by anyone who is willing to give a black and white film a chance.
Personally I felt it was a bold move on the part of Charles Lamont to include the scene. Providing a strong political backstory for the character of Vicky was a forward thinking idea, and even though the scene ended out in physical comedy it was a nice switch up.
Another source of controversy was the method as to which Dr. 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.
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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.Abbott and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde SCENE 4
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.
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. The film featured solid makeup and effects in regards to the transformation scenes.
David Horley did the transformation effects in the film using fading, stop motion shots, which was a direct tribute to the transformation scene in the original Dr. Hyde was another success for the studio upon its release, and has since seen three home video releases.
The films and comedy of Abbott and Costello continue to entertain and succeed. Unknown to anyone, however, Dr.
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Jekyll has developed an injectable serum which transforms him into Mr. Hyde the "monster" responsible for the recent murders. When Jekyll notices Vicky's and Bruce's mutual attraction, he has more thoughts of murder, injects himself, and transforms once again into Hyde with the intent of murdering Adams.
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". 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. Afterward, Slim and Tubby try to bring news of Jekyll's activities to the Inspector, but the Inspector refuses to believe them.