|ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (director: Charles Lamont; screenwriters: Lee Loeb/John Grant/Howard Dimsdale; cinematographer: George Robinson; editor: Russell Schoengarth; music: Joseph Gershenson; cast: Boris Karloff) (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), Bud Abbott (Slim), Lou Costello (Tubby), Reginald Denny (Inspector), Helen Westcott (Vicky Edwards), Craig Stevens (Bruce Adams), John Dierkes (Batley); Runtime: 77; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Howard Christie; MCA/Universal Pictures; 1953)|
by Dennis Schwartz
comedy. It's set in Edwardian London, at the turn of
the century. Charles Lamont ("Ma and Pa
Kettle"/"Frontier Gal"/"When Johnny Comes Marching
Home"), who reluctantly did most of the Abbott and
Costello comedies, and because of the film's good box
office never got a chance late in his career to direct
other films. Lamont can't get many laughs here.
boys play American cops hired to be London bobbies to
learn how they work abroad. After a riot in Hyde Park
over the Suffragette Movement, the boys are sacked as
foul-ups. Meanwhile London is terrified that a psycho
serial killer is on the loose, and the boys try to
redeem themselves by trying to catch the killer to
impress the Scotland Yard inspector (Reginald
get slowed down over the tedious romance between
newspaper man Bruce Adams (Craig Stevens) and society
Suffragette leader Vicky Edwards (Helen Westcott).
Karloff is at home playing the wealthy and respected
Dr. Jekyll, an admirer of Vicky. He also plays his
dark alter ego, Hyde, who does all the killings Jekyll
two scenes drew laughs: in the wax museum and the
After a long series of films of the boys meeting Universal's monsters, the studio seems to run out of their own and borrow monsters from other studios. Also writers Lee Loeb, John Grant and Howard Dimsdale have run out of gags, and this one could have used a lot more.
REVIEWED ON 4/17/2016 GRADE: C+
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