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Yet, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is both a first-rate horror-comedy that "You know it was a very complicated plot for an Abbott and Costello picture. Lou, and Lon in full make-up, took the Monster out for a stroll on the lot just in. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a worthy feather in the cap for Abbott and Costello went on to make four more team-up pictures with. In , Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (the film's poster title) was inducted into the National Film Registry by the United.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The story of this film is that a famous comedic duo encounters a lumbering reanimated monster. If you have to ask which ones, you've not been paying attention. Both Wilbur and Chick faint when they see Dracula turning from a bat to man in front of their eyes.
Glenn Strange suffered a leg injury during production likely one reason he spends a lot of time shown sitting or lying down in this film. For the scene in which the Monster throws Sandra out the window, Lon Chaney who had previously played the Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein put on the make-up and the suit and did the shot in his place.
Did we mention this is Abbott and Costello? The Wolf Man does this in the climax. When Dracula joins the costume party where our protagonists have gone, he is dressed as a Classical Movie Vampire. A Slapstick Monster Mash.
When Wilbur and Chick search the basement, the door closes behind them. It may not have been intended this way, but this ended up being the final entry in the "main" Universal Horror series that had begun in with the original Dracula and Frankenstein films.
Talbot gets one possibly unintentional when, as the Wolf Man, he leaps off the balcony to stop Dracula from getting away. Being Larry Talbot, he probably survived. They even live in the same apartment together. Lou, of all people, does this to the Monster when they first meet. Dracula hypnotizes Sandra with his eyes to ensure her obedience. Then later bites her and drinks her blood to make absolutely sure.
Sandra attempts it on Wilbur, but he's Too Dumb to Fool. The Monster relentlessly pursues the heroes for much of the last act of the film. This film is actually the first - and one of the only - films to actually depict the Monster as embodying this trope, even though the concept of the Monster being an implacable man is one of its most enduring stereotypes.
Kill It with Fire: In the end when Frankenstein's Monster is occupied with throwing stuff at escaping Wilbur and Chick, Stevens sets the pier on fire with gasoline, thus burning the Monster.
For all the monsters who show up, the movie is pretty lighthearted.
Indeed, the Frankenstein Monster himself generates one of the film's funniest moments when Wilbur frightens him. Sandra Mornay is both this and a Hot Scientist.
Mornay sets one up in the House of Dracula. Abbott and Costello meet not only the Frankenstein monster but Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, a brain-swapping mad scientist, and a cameo from the Invisible Man— with most of the action taking place in the House of Dracula!
ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
They don't meet the actual Frankenstein, only his creation. At least the dialogue is careful to identify him as "the Frankenstein monster," but this doesn't carry over to the title. Everyone else in the movie is either evil or an idiot. Naturally, they all think he's nuts While he played other vampires, this is the only time that Bela Lugosi explicitly recreated the role that he made famous in Dracula Wilber repeatedly screams "Chiiiiick!
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Neither Wilbur nor Chick is smart enough to suspect that the multiple gorgeous women coming onto Wilbur, of all people, might possibly have ulterior motives. Joan is working as an insurance investigator, and Sandra wants to steal his brain for the Frankenstein Monster.
Screams Like a Little Girl: Wilbur stumbles into one accidentally. As would be expected in an Abbott and Costello movie. Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Very much on the comedy side of things, with Bud and Lou hamming it up and wisecracking to perfection, but the Universal Horror monsters are quite real and played just as straight as in their own movies, so there are several genuinely scary moments.
Strapped to an Operating Table: Wilbur and the Monster during the brainswitch operation. The Monster has the ability to speak again after being silent since the end of The Ghost of Frankenstein. Tap on the Head: When Steven starts asking too many questions, Sandra gives him a whack in the head with a fire extinguisher.
Lejos" compliments Wilbur by telling him, "What we need today is young blood and brains!
Talbot turning into a werewolf and Dracula turning into a bat. Talbot says this to Dracula when they meet at the costume party. What Does She See in Him?
Chick's reaction to Sandra choosing Wilbur as a "boyfriend" early on. I don't get it. Out of all the guys around here, that classy dish has to pick out a guy like you. What's wrong with that? Yes, comedy was about to mix it up with fright in the ole sandbox of celluloid. But despite its light-hearted tone and comical theme, the movie is without question canon.
The playful banter and whimsical jokes between Chick Abbott and Wilbur Costello carry the movie, but also diminish the once horrifying legacy of the Count, the Monster and the Wolf Man. However, there is a nuance of validity restored as Lugosi and Chaney, Jr. Regardless, the picture is geared toward a younger audience so there is little fright to be found here.
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Indeed, one of the funniest moments, and most thrilling creature-feature cameos, comes near the end when Chick and Wilbur escape in a rowboat. No spoilers here, but keep your eyes and ears open as the comedic duo is visited by an illustrious maestro of the macabre. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein celebrates its 70th anniversary on June 15, The film is loaded with wonderful animation sequences particularly of Count Dracula changing to and from a bat. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was a huge financial success.
Lou Costello was not at all sold on doing the film.