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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Bud Abbott and 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.

Directors:

Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton), Walter Lantz (uncredited)

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The LAUGHS are MONSTERous! Bud and Lou are in a stew when they tangle with the TITANS of TERROR! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Boris Karloff refused to play the monster, but as a favor to Universal he agreed to do publicity for this film - as long as he didn't have to see it. In several photos taken by Universal's publicity department, he is seen standing in line purchasing a ticket at a theater in New York City where the film is playing, and in other stills he is shown admiring the poster art for the film outside the theater lobby. Karloff later starred with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) as well as Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953). See more »

Goofs

As the monster begins to sit up in the crate in the house of horrors after being revived by Dracula, you can see the monster make-up separate between his right eye and brow. See more »

Quotes

Wilbur Grey: You know that person you said there's no such person? I think he's in there... in person. I was reading this sign over here, Dracula's Legend. All of a sudden I heard...
[Wilbur imitates a creaking noise]
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Wilbur Grey: It should get oiled.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Spoofs Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

The first "meets" and the best!
8 November 2003 | by uds3See all my reviews

Made during A & C's golden era, this was not only the first and best of the "meets" series but arguably their best film.

Everything worked, the routines, the premise, the sets, the chills and the direction. Bud and Lou are a couple of bumbling railroad porters who end up delivering crates containing Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man to a certain gothic edifice. In better physical condition than by the time ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE rolled around in '53, it shows in their timing and delivery - Lou especially is spot on throughout.

Some great lines too. Dracula to Lou, addressing him lovingly, "What we need is young blood.....AND brains!"

Many believe this is the quintessential Bud and Lou film to survive! I'd be inclined to agree.


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