Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
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Abbott and Costello, as railroad baggage clerks, receive a strange shipment - the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. But this deadly duo is still very much alive. So when the shipment arrives at the House of Horrors, the Monsters are not in their crates but have disappeared to a secret hideaway island. Blamed for the disappearance, Abbott and Costello follow their trail to the island, where not only do they meet up with Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange), but a Mad Scientist (Charles Bradstreet) who wants to switch Costello's brain with that of the Monster. With everyone chasing each other, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) shows up to scare them all. In the end everything works out: Costello finds romance and the Monsters find their final resting places...or do they?
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I was just wandering through amazon and came upon this section and was just delighted to find "A&C meet Frankenstein" getting such nice compliments.
I would like to let you all know that my father Robert Lees and his writing partner and an old family friend, Freddy Rinaldo, wrote this film.
Freddy is no longer with us but my father is still, all of 92 years old, and is thrilled that after all these years you all like the film.
A little addenda:
You all must remember that A&C were essentially radio comedians,
and it was from his training in radio that Costello had the bad habit of coming unglued if he didn't consistantly get laughs from the crew for each gag each take, no matter how many takes were involved in getting a scene right.. For him the crew was a live audience, so if he didn't take the house down, he would put in another piece of business and reinvent the scene on the spot until he did - and he was very inventive! I don't know how successfull they were, but they tried to take him aside and explain how important it was to actually follow the script!! Dad said that Lugosi enjoyed this aspect of Costello very much although I'm not so sure whether the director did, or the writers either for that matter.
Both Dad and Fred respected the "horror/terror" genre in literature very much noting to me when I was younger how complex and interesting the form had become in the hands of writers like Dunsynane Tolstoy Lovecraft Saki,or Poe to name a few.
Tolstoy wrote some strange and luminous things in this old form, once a short story about a Vampyre.Read more ›
the film is a loving sendoff/tribute to the universal horror icons and A&Cs best film by far.
Lugosi actuall gives a bette rperfromance here as the count than he did in the original Dracula, which was static and over acted. A lot of crititcs have said that Lugosi played it straight here, but that's not quite true. he draped his cape over his nose
(something, despite the cliches, he never did in the original) and has several great comedic lines ('what we need is young blood and brains'). Lugosi always considered himself a comedian and for once he is given that opportunity, thus blowing away the prevelant attitudes that he was a not so bright actor that didn't know a lick of english and thus 'accidentally' gave an eerie delivery.
Chaney too is very good. he was and remains an underrated actor. watch him tear up in the macabre 'spider babay' or his performance in ' high noon' 'the defiant ones' and 'of mice and men' (of course) to see how great an actor he could really be.
and everything with A & C is perfect here. sadly, they would go way down hill and become tiresome shortly after.
ONE MAJOR COMPLAINT:
the make up of Bud Westmore doesn't hold a candle to Jack pierce.
Universal uncerimoniousely sacked Pierce because he was no longer 'quick enough'.
oh, Westmore was quicker and it shows!
I was thinking back to it, and I suppose that this movie was my first real experience with Universal's version of the Dracula character, and with one of my favorite monsters, the Wolf Man. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning one day to find this movie on television. I watched it and really enjoyed myself. The monsters are played by the actors who made them popular (except the monster, but Glen Strange does his job well). Abbott and Costello are, of course, hilarious. The plot is a little campy, and intentionally so. Its a great movie for both comedy fans and for monster fans, like myself. I love this movie.
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For the time and still today the magic of Abbott & Costello will live on till the end of time!Published 20 months ago by Frank G WHITING
still funny movie to watch. will buy again from them great servicePublished 22 months ago by ROBERT DICKINSON
Even after all these years the humour and suspense will give you an evening of entertainment, and many smiles the next day as you think about the antics that make this movie so... Read morePublished on May 28 2014 by Linda Verde
I enjoy seeing Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr. and hearing Vincent Price just as much as Bud and Lou's beloved routines. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2014 by Snowy Angel's Mom
Who dosen't like Abbott and Costello, Lots of classic comedy and laughs watching them get into one jam after another. Great movie.Published on Jan. 7 2014 by watson's mom
I think this is one of the team's best comedies! To have Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and the Wolfman, along with the nutty antics of this duo make a real laughfest!Published on Dec 26 2013 by Gerdog
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