Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

“You’re awful silly to call me all the way from London just to have your dog talk to me.”
–Wilbur Gray

The IMDB entry for Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein notes the film as, “Bela

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Lugosis last involvement in a film for a major studio.”  This, of course, is incorrect, as Lugosi would go on to make not one but two films with off-Hollywood auteur Ed Wood, not to mention his brief appearance in Plan 9 from Outer Space, but it was the last time he would don the cloak as Dracula as well as the last time Lon Chaney wore the hair shirt as the Wolfman.  The film, in fact, is considered the swan song for the “Big Three” Universal horror monsters – Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s monster,” and while some people have pooh-poohed it for making the monsters “straight men” to Abbott and Costellomost see it for what it is–a great vehicle for Bud and Lou, probably their funniest film, and definitely their most profitable one, both financially and in terms of the recognition it has receivedAbbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein has been noted as a favorite by everyone from Quentin Tarantino, to Jerry Garcia, to Elvis.  It was selected in 2001 for preservation in the National Film Registry and, last but not leastit was selected this year by my 9-year-old son Aaron for post-Halloween viewing, and that, my friends, will always be good enough for me. 


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