Tonight on MeTV- we can’t let the first of April expire before we bring you a duo of April fools- and, if you didn’t see through any pranks today, you can at least see through our title character- following in the footsteps of previous subjects of transparency on a road that could lead to redemption- or insanity! Aided and abetted by two guys whose sanity may well be questioned, a boxer fights to be cleared of a murder- while being perfectly clear- when “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” !
We meet up with Bud and Lou at a detective school ( a school for detectives, not for defectives, though they would qualify) as they graduate and get into private practice as private eyes. Their first case appears out of nowhere- one Tommy Nelson, a pro boxer who has escaped from prison! Framed for killing his manager, Tommy needs the boys’ help to prove he’s innocent-so, they head to the home of his fiancee Helen. Her uncle is a scientist who has been working on a new version of the secret formula that Griffin, the original Invisible Man, utilized- which not only made him invisible, but also drove him mad! Tommy wants to be injected with the formula, since it would keep him unseen while he tries to find out who actually did kill his manager- he has some ideas, since the murder occurred right after he refused to throw a fight! Helen’s uncle refuses, because he hasn’t solved the problem of the formula driving its user insane and doesn’t want Tommy to risk his sanity. The decision, however, gets made for Tommy, when the police show up at the home, figuring he’d head there to hide out- and the only way for Tommy to elude them is by injecting himself with the formula! The only one to get a last look at him is Lou- who sees Tommy vanish from sight!
Bud and Lou have a difference of opinion- Bud sees dollar signs (even if he doesn’t see Tommy) if they turn the boxer in- while Lou is on Tommy’s side, and wants to help him find out the real culprit.Regardless, the boys head to the gym with Tommy, where they might find some clues-and Lou infiltrates the fight game (thanks to Tommy’s unseen pugilistic help), climbing up the ladder of contenders, making him a target for suspicious mobsters- and the target of one specific gangster’s moll! Evidence reveals who really had it in for Tommy’s manager- and the same thugs are planning a similar fate for Bud and Lou! Will Tommy throw in the towel on sanity before he can save his private eye pals and clear his name?
We get the same type of invisibility effects we’ve seen in previous “invisible man” films- and, again, show you how some of them have been done. Along with Bud and Lou, we’ll review the cast- featuring such well-known players as William Frawley and Sheldon Leonard, and point out some reused footage from “Invisible Man Returns”! Plus, a new Sven song and- since you viewers seem to love them- a new batch of Sven screw-ups from “The Oops Files”!
“Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” appears on MeTV tonight at 10pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or check local listings or the information at www.metv.com . We should probably mention that this broadcast marks 6 years that we have been on the air nationally on the MeTV network! Speaking of which- fans out east who have worried about MeTV disappearing in the Washington DC area should look for a new MeTV station coming out of Maryland! Meanwhile, in the Chicago area, viewers get one more look at “Dracula” on our sister station, WCIU, the U!
Many thanks to all the people who joined us for the Brookfield Zoo AAZK event last night, which raised a terrific sum for the charity- and, for our fans close to the Milwaukee area, be ready for a Sven visit next Saturday night at the Midwest Gaming Classic at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel- where I’ll be doing a VERY limited signing, and helping sell a Rob Zombie pinball machine for charity! Full info is in the Sven April newsletter which came out today for subscribers, and we’ll post the same information in a day or two here on our site, under “appearances”.
Get your final dose of April Foolery tonight- on MeTV!