Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
"Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" (original title)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  15 June 1948 (USA)
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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.


(as Charles T. Barton)


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Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
Lenore Aubert ...
Jane Randolph ...
Charles Bradstreet ...


The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula's reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula's bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant. Written by Gary Jackson <>

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Release Date:

15 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lou Costello did not want to film the movie, declaring, "No way I'll do that crap. My little girl could write something better than this." A $50,000 advance in salary and the signing of director Charles Barton, the team's good friend and the man whom some call their best director, convinced him otherwise. See more »


The first time Wilbur and Chick go down the stairs of the dungeon-cellar-dock, you can clearly see where the top of the "moldy brick" set ends, revealing smooth and clean studio walls. See more »


Wilbur Grey: Who screamed?
Chick Young: You did.
Chick Young: [amused] I did?
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Charles Bradstreet is credited as Dr. Stevens, but his character is never once called "Doctor." He is always referred to as Professor Stevens. See more »


References Hold That Ghost (1941) See more »

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User Reviews

A comedy gem. The team finally hit the laughter heights.
17 December 1998 | by (Leeds,England) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with Nathan L.Erdel of Muncie,IN, on his user comments, this is indeed a comedy classic. The comedy duo of Abbott and Costello were at the height of their popularity during the late thirties and the forties and their particular style of verbal and slapstick comedy do not wear well with the passage of time and the sophistication of the modern day audiences. However, this film is the exception, from beginning to end it is almost flawless and provides a constant stream of laughs and thrills that even the viewers of today would be sure to enjoy. The writers and director and all the cast deserve congratulation for a brilliant effort produced on a low Universal budget. The film harnesses the particular comedy talents of Bud and Lou perfectly for the first and only time. Although the success of the film led the duo to try to replicate the style by having them meet more outlandish characters, never again were they able to repeat the heights and they gradually went into decline. But at least this film is left for us to enjoy and savour. From first to last the action, the thrills and the laughs combine flawlessly. Bud is the perfect foil to Lou's slapstick,as always. Lon Chaney,Bela Lugosi and Glen Strange all reprise their roles as The Wolfman,Dracula and Frankenstein to wonderful effect to provide the thrills as they chase the duo endlessly trying to get Lou's brain transferred into Frankenstein. Abbott and Costello provided some fine verbal comedy scenes in other early films and these also stand the test of time, but Meet Frankenstein was the only instance when their particular brand of comedy was successfully spread over an entire film.

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