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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 15 June 1948 (USA)
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

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Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)

Writers:

Robert Lees (original screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Chick
Lou Costello ... Wilbur
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Lawrence Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
Bela Lugosi ... Dracula
Glenn Strange ... Monster
Lenore Aubert ... Sandra Mornay
Jane Randolph ... Joan Raymond
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. McDougal
Charles Bradstreet ... Dr. Stevens
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Storyline

The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula's reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula's bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brain of Frankenstein See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,444
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Glenn Strange won the Frankenstein role by chance. Makeup artist Jack P. Pierce had seen him on the Universal lot when he was playing a pirate. Pierce paid him $25 to stay late in order to try out some makeup. He covered the mirrors with paper and applied the Frankenstein makeup. Only when he was finished did he allow Strange to see what the mystery makeup actually was. It was at that moment that Pierce decided that Strange would inherit the iconic role. Beyond the Frankenstein role, Strange was best known to later audiences in the role of Sam Noonan, the bartender at the Long Branch Saloon in the long-running TV series, Gunsmoke (1955). See more »

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The title is sometimes considered incorrect as the characters never meet Dr. Frankenstein or his family, only his creation "The Monster", whom Wilbur calls "Frankie". However, it was explained in Bride of Frankenstein that the Monster is named Frankenstein after his creator. See more »

Quotes

Chick Young: I don't get it. Out of all the guys around here that classy dish has to pick out a guy like you.
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Chick Young: Go look at yourself in the mirror sometime.
Wilbur Grey: Why should I hurt my own feelings?
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Crazy Credits

Charles Bradstreet is credited as Dr. Stevens, but his character is never once called "Doctor." He is always referred to as Professor Stevens. See more »

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For its original release, the Australian film board required that almost every scene involving a monster be removed before release. See more »

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Still the finest scare comedy
18 February 2001 | by SlokeSee all my reviews

When Abbott and Costello were good, there was no one to touch them. Here they were at maybe their best, working with a great script and their best-by-a-mile concept. I prefer "Time Of Their Lives" as a film, but this is their finest hour or so as comedians.

As someone who grew up watching A&C Sundays at 11:30 AM in the NY area back when Cheech and Chong were the comedy team of the moment, it's great to revisit this one and see how well it all stands up. It's also nice to think, with all the personal sadness and cinematic dreck he was forced to go through, that Bela Lugosi managed to bat 1.000 in playing his greatest role, as he only played the Count in two film classics, this and "Dracula."

Playing the monsters straight probably was the best idea the filmmakers had, but there's other good stuff here. These guys were not resting on their laurels. The scenes with Chaney, the final chase, the dames (two for Lou, none for Bud), the music, all of it well-thought-out and very effective. Would the film have been better with Karloff than Strange as the Monster? Probably not, as the Monster is the least interesting character of the monster trio by necessity of plot (he's weak and needs to be continuously charged up by Drac, necessitating the immediate operation on Lou.) Karloff would have detracted from Lugosi's role more than adding anything of his own. Besides, Strange is very good.

Too bad Vincent Price couldn't make it when Bud and Lou went up against the Invisible Man for real two years later.


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