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364 of 373 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little family gratitude for all your kind reviews
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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...
Published on May 28, 2004 by Richard Lees

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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid laughs in first A&C Monster film
OK, this film is a guilty pleasure for me. Yes, it's funny but since the Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman pictures had become parodies of their originals by this time, that's not necessarily saying a lot. What works for A&C Meet...is the writing and performances by all the principles. Lugosi and Chaney are quite adept at playing their roles for laughs. Poor Glenn Strange...
Published on September 28, 2002 by Wayne Klein


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364 of 373 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little family gratitude for all your kind reviews, May 28, 2004
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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.
But in those days and by the time Universal Studios got through exploiting it all, "The Wolfman meets Dracula, meets Frankenstein,meets the Mummy, meets the Andrews Sisters" well, lets just say that the bloom was well off the rose.....
And so the object for them was not to parody the genre (at least the serious part) but to parody what Universal Studios had by this time done to the genre....
One of my favorite parts in the film is that sublimely dysfunctional chase scene at the end.
And its true, they had a blast writing the movie.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far and away the best Abbott & Costello Horror-Comedy, June 16, 2001
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Lou Costello was always the master of strangulated, speechless terror, so putting Abbott & Costello in a movie with the Wolfman, Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster was inspired. Getting Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi and Glenn Strange to play the Terror Trio was just icing on the cake. This time around Bud and Lou play Chick Young and Wilbur Gray, a pair of railroad baggage clerks in LaMiranda, Florida, who have to deliver two large crates to MacDougal's House of Horrors. Inside are Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster, but of course they escape. To make things worse, Wilbur's beautiful girlfriend, Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert), is really a mad scientist who wants to put Wilbur's brain in the Monster. Fortunately, Lawrence Talbot (Chaney) has arrived from Europe on the trail of the monsters.
It is rather amazing how long this film goes with Wilbur being the only one to spot the monsters. The comedy in this movie is something of a departure for the comedy team, because it relies more on situational humor and not as much on the "Who's On First" word play. The scene pantomime scene with Lou on the Monster's lap is great, as is the final chase scene with the boys encountering one monster after another. "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" is the first and the best of the boy's comic team-ups, which does not deserve the reputation it has in some quarters for having made the Universal monsters creatures of ridicule. That might be true of later Abbott & Costello monster comedies, but the charge would be truer of "House of Dracula" than this film, which has the same respect for the monsters as does "Young Frankentstein." Trivia Note: While filming the scene where the Monster throws Sandra through the lab window, Strange was knocked over and broke his ankle. Chaney, who had played the Monster in "Ghost of Frankenstein," volunteered to step in and once again don the makeup and he is the one who re-shot the scene that appears in the movie.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lugosi, Chaney Jr. and A & C at their best., April 16, 2001
Abbott and Costello's best known and perhaps best film has them meeting Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman, then Bela Lugosi as Dracula, then Glenn Strange as Frankenstein and then. . . . The plot revolves around the idea that the perfect new brain for the Monster should be a simple one -on that's easy to control. Lou Costello's is simple enough. The slapstick begins when Bud and Lou refuse to believe Larry Talbot (Lon) is the wolfman. The best non-monster bits are variations on what Bud and Lou did in the still funny, Hold That Ghost. You will note that Dracula can be seen in mirrors and that he would not have really died from a long fall (that's not being left out in the sun or getting a stake in the heart). But who cares, this is a silly, enjoyable slapstick that gives us both Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi doing a wonderful job acting straight against the boy's antics. Glenn Strange is the Monster. Vincent Price does a cameo. (1948 - Directed by Charles Barton).
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DVD you simply cannot pass up!, July 9, 2001
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Regardless of whether you have ever seen Abbott & Costello or not, this is a DVD you simply cannot pass up. I highly recommend this film because not only is it excellent, Abbott and Costello are always winners! As usual, Abbott is sarcastic and Costello is loveable and charming.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in this hilarious horror/comedy that has not only one but three of Universal's classic monsters: Frankenstein, Count Dracula and the Wolfman.

Abbott plays Chic Young and Costello is Wilbur Grey. Both men work as baggage handlers in Florida. After a brief meeting with Wilbur's beautiful girlfriend Sandra(Lenore Aubert), Wilbur takes a mysterious phone call from Lawrence Talbot (the wonderful Lon Chaney Jr.) about two crates to be delivered to the McDougal House of Horrors.

Thinking nothing of it, the eternally scared Wilbur goes about his business. When Chic and Wilbur get the crates for Mr. McDougal (Frank Ferguson) in a rather unusual manner, McDougal insists the men deliver them personally so the insurance company can inspect the deliveries.

After a hilarious delivery scene, Count Dracula (the immortal Bela Lugosi) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) escape the House of Horrors and go to the home of Dr. Sandra Mornay! Dr. Mornay and Count Dracula want Wilbur's brain so they can revive the Frankenstein monster.

Added to the mix is a lovely insurance inspector, Joan Raymond (Jane Randolph) who is 'interested' in Wilbur for the purpose of her investigation. Chic simply cannot understand why so many beautiful women are in love with Wilbur!

I was very pleased to see the classic stars Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and Glenn Strange in this film. All three men were just as splendid at comedy as they were in their horror roles. I also found this movie to have some very good special effects for its time. The scene where Dracula changes from a bat to a man is excellent. Vincent Price, a true master of horror himself, appears as the voice of the Invisible Man at the end of the film.

This film also has some great trivia. Lon Chaney Jr. worked as both the Wolfman and the Frankenstein monster on some scenes after Glenn Strange broke his ankle during filming. Boris Karloff also did some promotional work for the film. Check out the Internet Movie Database for more trivia!

Will Dracula and Sandra get Wilbur's brain? Will Wilbur get the girl? Will Chic ever give Wilbur the respect he deserves? Get the DVD and find out!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Talbots pants, September 7, 2012
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ajsteele (Outer Mongolia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
B&W is so underrated in hi-fef. Those Turner Classic Movie broadcasts should give you some hint about b&w in hi-def. But I digress to all those etched in childhood years watching a grainy Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein on my small living room tv set which had a pay off I never thought possible. After graduating to the convenience of watching the film when I desire with VHS and dvd, for a long period I figured dvd was the height of presentation that a classic film like this could reach.

The Blu ray of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein has finally created the long sought time tunnel giving aficionados the capability to open a door and jump into the celluloid. The spooky mist filled swamp, the magnificent island castle and it's ominous underground lair. And, lets not forget the many nuances that were lost to low resolution such as the forcefully floated dust, fiber and lint that encircles the Wolfman's shredded chair. Larry Talbot's tweed pants in rich baggy detail remind the viewer of mens fashion long gone. Check out Sandra's flowery print dress as hi-def reveals how thin and transparent the material actually was. A definite plus.

The film never ceases to amaze with vivid images many Universal fans have yearned for. This is as close as we will ever get to being at that "masquerade ball". No adjustments to your tv as far as aspect ratio were necessary because the film even in 16:9 tv settings is presented in proper "academy ratio".

The lossless sound adds a new dimension in scenes such as Abbott & Costello's feet pounding on the rugged but wooden floors of the castle. I could actually hear a much more prominent thud of the bass drum as the backround music plays at the ball. Dialogue is cleaner along with ambient sounds like the shattering of glass (especially as The Monster tosses Sandra through the window). The Wolfman's growl is heard as never before.

The IS the definitive version and one could spend hours dissecting the audio and visual quality. The extra features are a disappointment for a 100th anniversary release. The same featurette from the dvd version is on this disc and although certainly interesting, not exactly fresh. I would have expected some new tidbits or photos but I realize much that exists from this film has probably been exhausted.

The ultimate original horror/comedy has come full circle. The blu ray of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein will bring fantasy fans back into a film that has never been seen or heard like this before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's First GREAT Horror Comedy!, November 22, 2000
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What can be said about this classic that HASN'T been said? This send-up of Universal's horror superstars revived interest in the genre, which had been waning throughout the mid-forties, as endless low-budget sequels made the rounds. Horror purists were appalled that these classic characters became 'straight men' to Lou Costello, but this was actually an inspired mating! The rotund comedian had always represented the 'everyman', and seeing his reactions to these 'boogie men' was the perfect tonic to a post-war America, who needed a good laugh! What many people don't realize is that this film 'saved' A & C's careers, as well; they had gone into a slump with the end of WWII, and were contemplating breaking up; the release of '...Meet Frankenstein' rejuvenated their popularity, and added 10 years to the team!
The film marked Lugosi's last 'official' appearance as Dracula, and he played the Count with the same jaded European elegance that no other actor ever matched! By the way, Dracula never sucked any blood in this movie, a concession to the younger A&C audiences. He controled via his hypnotic stare, and telepathy!
Lon Chaney's Wolfman has always been a favorite of mine, as he was the most humane of monsters; more a victim than a villain, he struggles to protect others from his full-moon transformation. Chaney was one of Hollywood's least-appreciated actors, a performer of considerable skill who would always have to live under his famous father's shadow, much as Larry Talbot lived under the shadow of the wolf. A piece of trivia: Glenn Strange, who portrayed the Frankenstein monster, broke his foot during the chase finale; to finish the shoot, Chaney donned the make-up, and can be seen as the monster in a few long shots. So Lon Chaney could say he was the only actor who ever portrayed the Wolfman, Dracula, AND the Frankenstein monster!
Watch for Vincent Price's famous unbilled cameo, at the end of the film! He was a frequent visitor to the set during filming, saw how much fun everyone was having, and nearly begged for a chance to make an 'appearance'!
I hope these comments are helpful in making 'Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein' even MORE enjoyable! It has been a personal favorite for nearly forty years (I first saw it, at eight, at a Halloween party!), and it's a classic I think you'll treasure, too!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal's Blu-Ray Gets It Right, August 16, 2012
This review is from: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
Universal's legendary, all-time classic comedy paired Abbott & Costello with a series of movie monsters, including Bela Lugosi essaying Dracula for only the second time on-screen, Lon Chaney, Jr. as Larry Talbot (aka the Wolfman), and Glenn Strange as Frankenstein (there's also a fun cameo by another Universal monster favorite at the very end). "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" also revitalized A&C's film career for years to come (with the boys meeting everyone from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to "The Killer...Boris Karloff"), and still holds up tremendously well - especially for any fan of the classic Universal monster movies. The comedy in Robert Lees, Frederic Rinaldo and John Grant's script deftly bridges A&C's antics with a basically respectful treatment of Dracula, Frankenstein and crew, allowing for the film to recreate the feel of the studio's Golden Age chillers in a hilarious setting that never ceases to entertain.

Universal's Blu-Ray presentation of the film, out next week, is terrific: the AVC encoded 1080p transfer is natural in appearance and allows the film, warts and all, to "breathe," so to speak, without any obvious filtering or excessive DNR. The DTS MA mono sound is acceptable, and extras carried over from the prior DVD include Gregory W. Mank's commentary and the David J. Skal-hosted DVD featurette "Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters" (though, as with the recent Blu-Ray of "Jaws," this featurette is presented in a heavily compressed, terrible-looking standard-def encode). Two Universal 100 Years featurettes and the trailer are also included, plus the trailer, a DVD and digital copy.

EDIT - Some users asked if the DVD contained this set is also remastered. IT IS NOT. In fact it's the same "Comedy Legends" older DVD pressing...so don't buy this set if you are not interested in the Blu-Ray.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Abbott & Costello film!, November 9, 2000
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Phil Lister (Bel Air, Maryland USA) - See all my reviews
Out of all the films the comedy duo made, this one is tops! Bringing the boys together with the classic monster characters was a terrific idea to say the least. Director Charles T. Barton was able to strike a happy medium between the horror and comedy elements. The monsters do not come off looking silly at all. The feature commentary by Gregory W. Mank is very interesting and offers a lot of info that many may not have known before about the film and actors. On a technical note, the clarity of the DVD is so good, that you can actually tell that a stuntman is standing in for Costello when he's on top of the crate. You can also see that it's Lon Chaney filling in for Glenn Strange as the monster in the lab scene near the end. What a superb picture! I highly recommend this one to all film buffs and particularly to Abbott and Costello fans everywhere!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeepers! The Creepers Are After Bud & Lou!, April 13, 2004
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During the golden age of horror cinema in the 1930s, Universal Studios was king of the heap. But by the time ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN was lensed and released in 1948, Universal's three biggest monster-movie icons--Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and the Wolfman--had become too familiar and passé to truly frighten an audience. At about the same time, fickle moviegoers had also cranked down their interest in the vaudevillian and burlesque humor of the studio's biggest comedy team, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello. ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, therefore, appeared to be Universal's desperate attempt to wring just a few more dollars, in one fell swoop, from the one-time box-office bonanzas. But this peculiar pairing of the two seemingly incongruous franchises actually turned out to be a masterstroke--ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN became a huge financial success. Horror fans were delighted to see Bud & Lou kid the beloved movie monsters, and for the rest of the viewing audience, watching the comedy duo play against the aging horror icons somehow made the old shtick seem fresh...and maybe even funnier. Thus did Universal birth a NEW hybrid franchise. Though later entries would never quite reach the same level of quality or box-office appeal, the success of this first one pumped new life into the waning careers of Abbott & Costello and helped to pull Universal back from the brink of bankruptcy.
In ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, Bud & Lou play Chick and Wilbur, a couple of bumbling baggage clerks who work at a Florida railway hub. The real fun begins when two strange crates arrive and the boys are told to deliver them to a nearby house-of-horrors exhibit. The crates contain the genuine bodies of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange), and it turns out that the master vampire and a local mad scientist have a scheme to revive the monster by replacing its brain...with Wilbur's! Goodhearted Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) comes on the scene to help Chick and Wilbur thwart Dracula's evil plan, but it seems that poor Larry is still cursed with Lycanthropy-that is, he still changes into the Wolfman when the moon is full--and only ends up adding to Chick and Wilbur's problems.
The movie works so well because the monsters are played straight, while Bud & Lou adapt their regular slapstick and burlesque humor to the story's "monstrous" situations. The laughs, then, come from the way in which the two comedians interact with or react to the monsters, but the audience is never urged to laugh at the monsters themselves. In other words, the monsters fill the role of straight man--the role usually filled by Bud Abbott--in comedy duo's routines. For the audience, this cinematic juxtaposition of the scary and the humorous can be quite cathartic. When one realizes that it's possible to laugh in the face of things that were once considered scary, it becomes easier to exorcise one's inner emotional demons.
For horror fans and film lovers, another thing that makes the film so scintillating is its cinematic pedigree. In later franchise entries such as ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY or ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN, the comedy team doesn't really meet THE mummy or encounter THE invisible man, but instead have run-ins with lesser generic substitutes. In ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, however, Bud & Lou meet the genuine articles. Bela Lugosi IS Dracula. Lon Chaney, Jr., is THE Wolfman. And though Glenn Strange could never fill Karloff's shoes, the Universal-copyrighted make-up IS the definitive Frankenstein monster. The presence of the original stars and original make-up, although past their prime, adds an extra edge to the gags and the parody.
Despite its silly premise, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN is substantially funnier and more enjoyable than the mostly pedestrian comedies being released today. In addition, its humor is "clean" enough to make it a family film, but it is such without being "dumbed down" or puerile. As anybody who has listened to Abbot & Costello's classic routine "Who's On First" can confirm, the duo's humor is quite literate and witty without being the least bit profane.
Universal's DVD release of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN is pretty cool. The digital transfer is fairly clean--some filmic artifacts are present, but not too bad for a film source that is over 50 years old--with very nice continuous-tone black-and-white imagery and good contrast. As with all films produced prior to the advent of widescreen in 1953, the film is presented in the 1.33:1 Academy Ratio--basically the equivalent to the original theatrical ratio--with a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack. Cool extras on the disc include a feature commentary from film historian Gregory Mank and an 83-minute Making-of featurette. This one is a must-own for fans of the classic Universal monsters, and any lover of old films or comedies will think it well worth the purchase price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula, Frank, and Wolfman scare Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, May 30, 2003
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Lon Chaney becomes "The Werewolf", Bela Logosi as "Dracula" and Glenn Strange as "Monster" (well we all know its Frankenstein). This film was a neat idea to get some of the well known liked actors who are known for their famous roles they have played before together again. Lon Chaney played "The Werewolf" in THE WOLF MAN (1941) and FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943). Bela Lugosi played "Dracula" in DRACULA (1931). Glenn Strange played the Frankenstein monster in HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944). If you've seen this film before, I would recommend turning on the Audio Commentary of Film Historian, Gregory W. Mank. This commentary played throughout the film is very detailed and precise. It's wonderful to have a commentary that you can learn so much from. Bonus materials are: a 33-minute featurette, "Abbott & Costello Meet The Monsters". Very entertaining behind-the-scenes info and interesting tidbits. The host is David J. Skal. Also 109 Production Photographs, Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes and Cast & Filmmakers' film info.
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