Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein


I’m changing the line-up a little as I am putting this film in place of The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman because I am running out of time to watch that film. Despite the “meet” in the title there is some monster battle action going on.

Who’s in this?
Well, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello of course. The famous comdey duo had been at it for a while by the time they did this one. This was one of several films where they met a monster or some sort as they also dealt with ghosts, the mummy, the invisible man and others.

Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Lugosi was in tons of horror films from the 30’s through to the 50’s. He’s best known for playing Dracula and this was the second and last time that he took on the role.

Glenn Strange as the monster. Strange was perhaps best known for playing the monster three times (this was the last) and as Sam the bartender in Gunsmoke.

Lon Chaney Jr. as the wolfman and Larry Talbot. The son of silent movie star Lon Chaney. Chaney Jr. was in lots of monsters films for decades, but the wolfman is easily the one he is most known for.

So Bud and Lou are porters who go through lots of slapstick messes before losing the Frankenstein monster and being blamed for the loss. The monster was thought to be a wax figure, but hey he’s for real and actually Dracula took him for his nefarius plans. An evil and slinky female scientist has designs on Lou’s brain for the monster. Oh, wait there’s a wolfman in this film too. Actually it’s THE wolfman. Like in the other filsm poor, poor Larry Talbot wants not to turn all hairy under the full moon. Bud and Lou and a good looking but bland couple (mandatory in many of these flicks) end up in or near a castle which apparently was not out of place in the late 1940’s. Drac, Frank, the evil woman scientist and the wolfman all end up there with everyone chasing everyone else. The wolfman and Drac lock up with both falling to their apparent deaths. Bud and Lou bumble and stumble into taking down Frankie. Then the Invisible Man (voice by Vincent Price) shows up to scare the comedy duo to end the film. Roll the credits.
Jokes, we want lots of jokes.

The negatives-Universal monster purists may not like their monsters being in a comedy (tough I say). I always wish Karloff could have been squeezed into this film.

The positives-John Carradine was good as Drac, but Lugosi has always Dracula for me and he’s golden here too. Having the monsters play it straight and bud and Liou do the laughs was the right approach. this is classic A and C and a classic horror comedy. The candle scene and the wolflman in the hotel room are both great scenes. I first saw this movie when I was like 6 and have loved it ever since. It was sad to see the classic Universal monster line end, but they went out on a high note.

I am better than Karloff, say it I am better than Karloff.