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

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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 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."

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
UPC:
0025192140051
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:23:00

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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