Film (1959). Columbia Pictures. Produced by Lewis J Rachmill. Directed by Sidney Miller. Written by Rowland Barber, Arthur Ross and Lawrence L Goldman from an original story by Jack Rabin and Irving Block. Special effects by Rabin, Block, and Louis DeWitt. Cast includes Lou Costello, Gale Gordon and Dorothy Provine. 75 minutes. Black and white.
Arnie Pinsetter (Costello) is a scrap dealer and amateur Scientist in love with Emmy Lou Raven (Provine). However, he refuses to marry her until he has achieved scientific fame. This sends Emmy Lou running away distraught to Dinosaur Caverns, where she is exposed to an unusual type of radiation that soon turns her into a thirty-foot tall giantess (see Great and Small). After hiding her in a barn, Arnie goes to her wealthy uncle Raven (Gordon) and explains that she has become "big". Mistakenly understanding from this that his niece is pregnant, Uncle Raven insists on an immediate wedding. Predictable chaos ensues when Emmy Lou comes into town, attracting the attention of the US Army which thinks she is a Monster of some sort. After considerable difficulty, Arnie is able to use one of his Inventions to return her to normal size, and all ends well.
This was Lou Costello's last film – he died five months before its release – and his only starring role without his comedy partner Bud Abbott. (Contrary to popular belief, Costello appeared in uncredited solo bit-parts and did some stunt work when he first came to Hollywood in the 1920s.) Unfortunately, this final film is a relatively poor effort remembered primarily because it was his last film. [GSt]
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