â€œI know youâ€™ll think Iâ€™m crazy, butâ€¦ in a half-an-hour the moon will rise and Iâ€™ll turn into a wolf.â€ â€œYou and 20 million other guys!â€ Join this episodeâ€™s Grue Crew â€“ Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry â€“ as they chuckle and guffaw their way through the comedy classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 44 â€“ Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Once director Charles Barton was on board, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello reluctantly signed on for the Universal International Picturesâ€™ production of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The film features a trio of Universal classic monsters â€“ Dracula, Frankenstein (the monster), and the Wolf Man â€“ as played by Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, and Lon Chaney Jr. respectively. Although the three monsters are there, the story-line doesnâ€™t fit anywhere in the Universal monster canon, reinforcing its place as somewhat of a novelty among the other films.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankensteinâ€™s plot features two baggage handlers, Chick (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello), tasked with delivering two large, coffin-sized containers holding Frankenstein and Dracula to McDougalâ€™s House of Horrors. Dracula is in league with Dr. Mornay (Lenore Aubert), a mad scientist of sorts. In the meantime, Lawrence Talbot is trying to prevent delivery of the crates. The cast is supported by Jane Randolph in her last credited role, and the ever-present Frank Ferguson. As the brilliant comic duo roam the castle, much hi-jinks ensue!
The Classic Era Grue Crew couldnâ€™t stop gushing about Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Chad goes into depth on the life of Bud Abbott and reminds us that this film includes Bela Lugosiâ€™s second and last role as Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr.â€™s last role as the Wolf Man. An infatuation with Jane Randolph, first revealed in Episode 37 (Cat People, 1941), is reiterated by Joseph. Whitney identifies noticeable differences in Lon Chaney Jr.â€™s makeup between that used in this film and 1941â€™s The Wolf Man (Episode 39), and expresses her appreciation for a strong female role as a scientist. Several connections with 1925â€™s Phantom of the Opera (Episode 42) are pointed out by Jeff, including cameraman/director of photography Charles Van Enger. They all remarked on this filmâ€™s ability to still have them rolling in the aisles after decades of watching it. Yes, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is still funny and itâ€™s a great â€œhorrorâ€ film to watch as a family!
The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be The Killer Shrews (1959), starring Roscoe P. Coltrane and Festus.
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