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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , Charles Barton  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jr. Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange
  • Directors: Charles Barton
  • Writers: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant
  • Producers: Robert Arthur
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783233582
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters
  • Feature Commentary with Film Historian Gregory W. Mank
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers

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    Abbott and Costello, as railroad baggage clerks, receive a strange shipment - the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. But this deadly duo is still very much alive. So when the shipment arrives at the House of Horrors, the Monsters are not in their crates but have disappeared to a secret hideaway island. Blamed for the disappearance, Abbott and Costello follow their trail to the island, where not only do they meet up with Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange), but a Mad Scientist (Charles Bradstreet) who wants to switch Costello's brain with that of the Monster. With everyone chasing each other, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) shows up to scare them all. In the end everything works out: Costello finds romance and the Monsters find their final resting places...or do they?

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    349 of 358 people found the following review helpful
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    Hello All
    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.
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    80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lugosi, Chaney Jr. and A & C at their best. April 16, 2001
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    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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    28 of 30 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.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    One of funniest horror movies I have ever seen!
    Published 6 hours ago by Gino
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Just some good old fashioned fun for the family.
    Published 7 hours ago by wendi turnbull
    4.0 out of 5 stars You gotta love this classic
    My old standby from my childhood. You gotta love this classic. I haven't laughed so much at a movie for eons!
    Published 9 hours ago by cjs_troy_il
    5.0 out of 5 stars Universal's classic monsters never looked so good!
    This has been one of my all-time favorite films, period! I love the comedy by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, teamed up with the serious portrayals of the Universal monsters! Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Phil Lister
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Listen you little blimp!"
    There's three and a half monsters to enjoy (the discount is for The Invisible Man). The rest is the usual fare; Lou bumbles, Abbott yells, denigrates, and slaps Lou around. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Einsatz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Classic!
    Published 2 days ago by Dan Altman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very funny
    Published 2 days ago by Michael Pankey
    5.0 out of 5 stars ABBOTT & COSTELLO ARE STILL VERY FUNNY & SILLY IN HIGH DEFINITION...
    I Can't believe this film is about 65 years old now
    and i must admit after 60 + years this film is still very funny, the classic one liner's that Lou costello gives in this... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Ben30
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    We all lov this move. Abbott & Costello are the funniest ever
    Published 5 days ago by Bonnie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie very funny
    Published 6 days ago by Renee Byrom
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