Directed by Charles Lamont, he also directed numerous films for the legendary comedic duo in addition to Abbott & Costello’s 1951 feature, including “Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1953) and “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars” (1955). Lamont also directed several films in Universal’s “Ma and Pa Kettle” comedy film series.
Who is in “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” (besides Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)?
In addition to Bud Abbott (as Bud Alexander) and Lou Costello (as Lou Francis), the actors who appeared in “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” were Arthur Franz (as Tommy Nelson/The Invisible Man), Nancy Guild (as Helen Gray), Adele Jergens (as Boots Marsden), Sheldon Leonard (as Morgan), William Frawley (as Detective Roberts) and Gavin Muir (as Dr. Philip Gray).
In addition to his various acting roles in film, Sheldon Leonard would become an executive producer of popular prime-time TV comedies (in partnership with Danny Thomas), including “The Danny Thomas Show” (1953-65, a.k.a. “Make Room for Daddy”), “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960-68) and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-66).
Around the same time that William Frawley appeared in “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man,” he would play the role of Fred Mertz in Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s groundbreaking 1951-57 television sitcom, “I Love Lucy.” He also played the role of Michael Francis “Bub” O’Casey from 1960-65 on the show “My Three Sons.”
Originally set as a straightforward horror film
According to Turner Classic Movies’ trivia portal on Abbott and Costello’s 1951 horror comedy, the film was originally written as a regular horror film for Universal’s “Invisible Man” series. Because of the smash success of the studio’s 1948 horror farce, “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein,” the script was rewritten as another film of horror and hilarity with Universal’s star comic duo.
A cameo mention of Claude Rains- the original “Invisible Man” (in photographic form)
According to IMDB’s portal on Abbott and Costello’s 1951 encounter with the “Invisible Man” character, there is a picture of Claude Rains in the scene that was set in Dr. Gray’s laboratory, when the invisibility formula was mentioned. Rains appeared as the title character in Universal’s 1933 hit film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel (as Dr. Jack Griffin/The Invisible Man).
Watch Svengoolie’s presentation of “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” on April Fools’ Day!**
A perfect film to start off the month of April (on April Fools’ day), be sure to enjoy Svengoolie’s showcase of 1951 Universal horror farce “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” this Sat. on Me-TV! Highly recommended!
**Hopefully, fellow Svengoolie and Me-TV viewers in the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area will get to see his presentation of “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” this Sat. due to an upcoming affiliation change in the area.
Sat., April 1 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
***UPDATE*** (to fellow fans and viewers of “Svengoolie” and Me-TV in the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. Region): According to a localized advertisement that appeared on WJLA’s Me-TV subchannel (during an airing of the original “MacGyver” on Fri., March 24), Me-TV will be changing affiliates in the Frederick, Maryland/Washington D.C. area. The new affiliation of Me-TV will be on Fox-owned WTTG 5.3, since WJLA’s owner (Sinclair) announced that they would be launching a competing diginet called “Charge,” which will be displacing Me-TV off of WJLA’s secondary sub-channel.
According to a recent update on Me-TV’s website, the affiliation switch will occur on Tue., March 28 (the localized commercial originally mentioned that the switch would occur on Mon., March 27). The cable providers that will carry WTTG’s new Me-TV affiliation are Atlantic Broadband, Hardy OneNet and Antietam Cable. There has been no mention if Comcast* (in Frederick County, Maryland and parts of the Washington D.C./metropolitan area) or Verizon’s Fios (in the greater Washington, D.C. area) will carry WTTG’s upcoming Me-TV sub-channel.
Ed. Note: If Comcast (which is the only cable provider in the hometown/home office of “Silver Screen Reflections”) does not add WTTG’s new Me-TV channel before Sven’s upcoming showcase on Sat., I might have to add a powerful antenna to receive WTTG’s digital signal (over-the-air broadcast reception of digital signals from the Washington/Baltimore stations are difficult to receive in the Frederick area). I don’t want to miss out on the fun (weekly) live tweeting sessions with fellow fans of Svengoolie throughout the country! -C.H.
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)