Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Director: Charles Barton

Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.


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It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a "simple, pliable" brain with which to reactivate Frankenstein's creature (Glenn Strange). The "ideal" brain belongs to the hapless Lou Costello, whom the lady doctor woos to gain his confidence and lure him to the operating table. Lawrence…  See more details below


It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a "simple, pliable" brain with which to reactivate Frankenstein's creature (Glenn Strange). The "ideal" brain belongs to the hapless Lou Costello, whom the lady doctor woos to gain his confidence and lure him to the operating table. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), better known as the Wolf Man, arrives on the scene to warn Costello and his pal Bud Abbott of Dracula's nefarious schemes. Throughout the film, the timorous Costello witnesses the nocturnal rituals of Dracula and the Monster, but can't convince the ever-doubting Abbott--until the wild climax in Dracula's castle, where the comedians are pursued by all three of the film's monstrosities. As a bonus, the Invisible Man (voiced by an unbilled Vincent Price) shows up for "all the excitement."

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Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Universal Studios combined two of its best-loved franchises of the '30s and '40s -- monsters and Abbott & Costello -- to create 1948's Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The result is not only a classic for the titular comic duo but also one of the most inspired horror spoofs predating Young Frankenstein. The simple, beside-the-point story finds the bumbling boys with the task of delivering two large and mysterious crates to a house of horrors. The crates, of course, contain none other than two famous monsters, Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Stranger in lieu of Boris Karloff). Abbott and Costello quickly learn the severity of this predicament with the help of Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), who, as luck would have it, turns into the Wolf Man when the moon is (inevitably) full. Reprising their own legendary roles, Lugosi and Chaney Jr. never once crack a smile, helping to make the film a winning blend of comedy and horror. In addition to drawing a blueprint for a modern spoof like Scary Movie, the film spawned a whole new monster series for Universal, featuring comedy's most confused baseball fans in the likes of Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy -- quite possibly the most hilarious cross-promotions ever.

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Special Features

Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters; Feature Commentary with Film Historian Gregory W. Mank; 100 years of Universal: The Lot; 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Abbott Chick Young
Lou Costello Wilbur Grey
Lon Chaney Lawrence Talbot/The Wolf Man
Bela Lugosi Dracula
Glenn Strange The Monster
Lenore Aubert Sandra Mornay
Jane Randolph Joan Raymond
Frank Ferguson McDougal
Charles Bradstreet Dr. Stevens
Bobby Barber Waiter
George Barton Actor
Carl Sklover Actor
Howard Negley Harris
Clarence Straight Man in Armor
Joe Kirk Man
Helen Spring Woman
Harry Brown Photographer
Paul Stader Sergeant
Vincent Price Invisible Man

Technical Credits
Charles Barton Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
John Grant Screenwriter
Frank Gross Editor
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Robert Lees Screenwriter
Frederic I. Rinaldo Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
1. Main Titles [2:23]
2. The Baggage Handlers [3:40]
3. McDougal's Crates [5:56]
4. Meet The Monsters [10:12]
5. Where Are My Bodies? [1:37]
6. Sandra's Guests [2:47]
7. I Saw What I Saw [3:03]
8. Wilbur and Wolf Man [4:16]
9. The Insurance Woman [7:27]
10. Hunting for Monsters [11:20]
11. Dracula's Will [1:19]
12. The Party [6:35]
13. The Wolf Man [3:02]
14. Wilbur's Will [1:40]
15. The Hunted [8:54]
16. Wilbur's Operation [2:17]
17. Monster On the Loose [5:42]
18. End Titles [:27]


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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The comedy of Abbott & Costello helped define an era. But by the time ''A&C Meet Frankenstein'' was released, the duo appeared to be on the downside of a brilliant career. In trying to decide what to do with Bud and Lou next, Universal Studios decided to pair them with its other leading players, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man. The result is a truly terrific blend of comedy and horror that has rarely been matched and never surpassed. For their part, Bud and Lou are at the top of their game, and deliver their best performance since ''Buck Privates.'' The movie is filled with classic A&C routines, especially the ''moving candle'' bit, which never fails to bring out the laughs. What makes this movie work, however, is that the monsters play their parts straight. One can only cringe at the thought of Frankenstein doing pratfalls, but to their credit, Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Glen Strange (Frankenstein's monster), and Lon Chaney Jr. (the Wolf Man) each deliver a frightening performance worthy of their earlier work. Add two beautiful women, scary set design, and a seamless plot and you have a movie that stands the test of time. The DVD version is complemented with a 30-minute look at the making of the movie, highlighted by Chris Costello's (Lou's youngest daughter) recollections of her father and his partner. This DVD is a ''must have'' for any serious A&C fan, but also makes a great addition to any movie fan's library. Sadly, this movie also spawned a string of inferior sequels in which Bud and Lou failed to capture the magic of the original. Regardless, ''Abbott & Costello Meets Frankenstein'' stands testament to how truly great the duo was in their day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This old film will have you in tears, laughing your head off! Abbott and Costello at their best, and some very good lighting and music to make a scary, yet very funny movie, along with all the classic monsters of yore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoever came up with this idea of wedding Universal's 30's boffo box office monsters with their wartime money-makers Abbott and Costello, was a genius! While the subsequent ''A and C Meet . . .'' efforts waffled in quality, this premier film is nothing short of hilarious! Suffice it to say that the only way for Count Dracula to keep the Frankenstein's monster piable and under his command is to give it Lou Costello's brain. Toss in Lon Chaney, Jr. as Bud and Lou's (here called Chick and Wilbur) warning-bell-cum-wolfman and Katie Bar the Door! More funny lines than you can shake an electrode at! The transforrmation of Dracula into bat and vice versa to this day still impresses me above and beyond the CGI junk in contemporary films and NOBODY takes a pratfall like Lou Costello!
Guest More than 1 year ago
watched this for halloween. hilarious about two guys who face off with not only with dracula but wolfman and frankenstein. funny as hell and so recommend. never heard of abbot and costello until now.
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Brings my childhood back. Historical actors. When horror wasn't based on much blood flowed. Nothing better with combining suspense with funnies.
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