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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Blu-ray (Universal th Anniversary) ( ): Starring Bela Lugosi, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Rent Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein () starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on DVD and Blu-ray. Get unlimited DVD Movies & TV Shows delivered to. Classic US comedy horror directed by Charles T. Barton. Baggage clerks Chick ( Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello) find themselves in hot water when they.
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Abbott and Costello play Florida baggage handlers Chick and Wilbur. But he can't ever draw Chick's attention because he gets too frightened to make a sound.
Costello was one of the best comedians at pretending to be scared. In lesser hands, this sequence likely wouldn't play out as long or as well as it does. Dracula and the Monster Glenn Strange get away, leading McDougal to think Chick and Wilbur stole the merchandise, and so he has them arrested.
The beautiful Joan Raymond Jane Randolphan insurance company investigator, bails the boys out hoping she can get them to reveal what they did with the monsters. Granted, the monster cannot talk much but why not then call it "Abbott and Costello Meet Dracula"? It seems as if Lugosi, despite not having Karloff in the film, was again to take second fiddle to the creature in the title and again billing.
The film is packed with Abbott and Costello's schtick. The film shines when Lugosi chews up the frights and Lou Costello tries to keep his composure.
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Thankfully, that's pretty much the whole picture. Here, Lugosi would make his last appearance as the character for which he will forever be linked to. None of that will matter to little ones watching their monster heroes in comedic situations that NEVER make fun of the creatures and always pay them the proper respect.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was their second highest grossing picture that year. Whether this film is a part of the Universal Horror Cannon is up to the individual fan to decide. Most importantly, it treats the monsters respectfully.
It certainly uses the monsters to better advantage giving the Frankenstein Monster far more screen time than those two films combined. In House of Dracula, the Monster doesn't even get off the slab until something like 20 seconds before the movie ends.
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McDougal Frank Ferguson anxiously awaits shipment of two big crates. Lawrence Talbot Lon Chaney Jr. The monsters briefly come to life at the House of Horrors, escaping into the night, but only Wilbur sees this and no one, not even Chick, believes him. Talbot traces the crate back to Chick and Wilbur, but makes the mistake of revealing that when the moon is full he turns into the Wolf Man.
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Chick and Wilbur think him mad. Meanwhile, Chick is baffled as two beautiful women pursue roly-poly Wilbur: Joan, it turns out, is an insurance investigator also trying to track down the missing crates, while Sandra is actually fugitive Dr. Sandra Mornay, who in league with Dracula plans to transplant Wilbur's pliable brain into the head of the Frankenstein Monster!
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein perfectly balances its straight monster movie elements with its broad slapstick.
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Despite the rather peculiar Florida coast setting 's Son of Dracula and the following year's The Mummy's Curse had been set in Louisiana and its anachronistically Gothic island castle, the film is very much in keeping with the stylish look of Universal's '40s monster movies. I wish I could have experienced the film when it was new and when audiences still found the monsters genuinely frightening.
They really were, too. Hand-in-hand with this is that while there are myriad verbal and sight gags as Bud and Lou scramble to get away from the monsters, there's a vital hint of real peril, that something terrible really could happen to them. I was struck, for instance, near the climax, when Sandra, scalpel in hand, is about to cut into Wilbur's skull.