Universal Pictures made a great deal of money from its monster movies in the 1930s. In the early '40s, the burlesque team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello kept the studio's coffers full. When the two franchises were combined in 1948, the result was another windfall--despite the apparent oil-and-water mix of subject matter. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was the first of these summit meetings, although the title is a misnomer. Actually, Bud and Lou bump into most of the Universal heavy-hitters, including Count Dracula (played by Béla Lugosi himself), the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.), and the Frankenstein monster (veteran monster Glenn Strange). There's even a token appearance by the Invisible Man, whose disembodied voice is recognizable as that of Vincent Price. Sure enough, the film is funny, especially since it gives the portly Costello multiple opportunities to do his wide-eyed, quivering scaredy-cat routine. Audiences ate it up, and in future installments Bud and Lou would run into Boris Karloff, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and the Mummy. But the first was the best.--Robert Horton
Bud and Lou battle Dracula and Frankenstein with help from the Wolfman. Dracula wants Wilbur's (Lou) brain for the monster because he wants to make sure the monster is super dumb. Wilbur and Chick (Bud) work as shipping clerks and are tasked to deliver the "supposed" remains of the Frankenstein monster and Dracula to a wax museum. When the two monsters escape, Chick and Wilbur are blamed. The one person who believes them is Lawrence Talbot but … more
In addition to the fine cast there is one reason why this movie works so well.Abbott & Costello play it as straight comedyThe classics of horror play it as straight horror.The mix works well and the actors are to blame a movie's job is to entertain, this one passes.Watch it and enjoy
When you team Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Glen Strange, Sidney Fields and a cameo by Vincent Price with Abbott & Costello how can you go wrong. This movie has its scary moments but is extremely hilarious. Probably the best A&C movie ever made. The scene where Costello is reading the legends of the monsters while the candle is moving on top of the coffin is pure "classic."