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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein -- There's plenty of hilarious monster mayhem afoot when Abbott and Costello are forced to retrieve Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange) from a secret hideaway island.

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Director:
Writers:
Robert Lees (original screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 June 1948 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's a grand new Idea for FUN ! See more »
Plot:
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Bud & Lou's Best! See more (155 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Chick

Lou Costello ... Wilbur

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Lawrence Talbot (as Lon Chaney)

Bela Lugosi ... Dracula

Glenn Strange ... Monster
Lenore Aubert ... Sandra Mornay
Jane Randolph ... Joan Raymond

Frank Ferguson ... Mr. McDougal
Charles Bradstreet ... Dr. Stevens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Barton ... Man at Costume Party (uncredited)
Harry Brown ... Photographer (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Man at Costume Party in Fez (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Harris - Insurance Man (uncredited)

Vincent Price ... The Invisible Man (voice) (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Man at Costume Party (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Woman at Baggage Counter (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Man in Armor (uncredited)
Joe Walls ... Man at Costume Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Barton  (as Charles T. Barton)
 
Writing credits
Robert Lees (original screenplay) &
Frederic I. Rinaldo (original screenplay) &
John Grant (original screenplay)

Mary Shelley  characters (uncredited)
Bram Stoker  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Gross (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Grace Houston (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Jack Kevan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Henry Spitz .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jerome Ash .... special photography
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Fred Knoth .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Lenore Aubert (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Adams .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Pierce .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Walter Lantz .... director: animation sequence (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Tamkin .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Norman Abbott .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Walter Lantz .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" - USA (original title)
"Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
83 min | Argentina:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1949) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13109)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Three actors in this film had previously played the Frankenstein Monster. Aside from Glenn Strange who actually plays the role again, both Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. had experience under the flat top as well. Boris Karloff was the original Monster.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The title is sometimes considered incorrect as the characters never meet Dr. Frankenstein or his family, only his creation "The Monster", whom Wilbur calls "Frankie". However, it was explained in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) that the Monster is named Frankenstein after his creator.See more »
Quotes:
Chick Young:People pay McDougal cash to come in here and get scared.
Wilbur Grey:I'm cheatin' him. I'm gettin' scared for nothin'.
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How many Frankenstein movies did Universal Studios make?
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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Bud & Lou's Best!, 17 February 2005
Author: Gafke from United States

A full moon is on the rise in foggy London when Lawrence Talbot places a panicked phone call to the States. He is the only one who knows that a great evil is on its way to America. Count Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster have been shipped to a wax museum, and when the sun sets, Dracula will rise and summon his superhuman servant. Talbot knows he must warn someone...anyone...but unfortunately, it's Lou Costello who answers the phone. The movie is then off and running. Dracula needs a new brain for his monster, a brain so simple and dumb that the monster will obey Dracula's every command. Dracula's lethal henchwoman, Doctor Sandra Mornay, soon finds the perfect subject. Guess who? Now it's up to Bud Abbott and Lon Chaney Jr. to save Lou and stop Dracula before Lou literally loses his mind!

This is my absolute favorite Abbott & Costello film, sweet and witty but also dark and spooky, with plenty of nice, Gothic sets filled with full moons, flapping bats, cobwebs and lab equipment. Lon Chaney Jr. as the lycanthropic Lawrence Talbot, Bela Lugosi in his final appearance as Dracula and Glenn Strange as the Monster all play their roles perfectly straight as Bud and Lou stumble around them. The dark and seductive Lenore Aubert makes her second appearance as a Bud and Lou Bad Girl, slinking her way through the entire movie like a black panther, trying to lead poor Lou astray. Best moments include a wax museum in a lightening storm, a costume ball on a moonlit night and an uncredited Vincent Price who shows up - sort of - at films end. Bud and Lou turn in flawless performances yet again; Bud the Straight Guy always ready with a stinging one- liner and Lou the Bumbling Fool, falling all over himself, yet both of them always uniting at the films climax to stop the Bad Guys.

Fans of Bud and Lou and fans of the Universal Creature Features should not miss this film. It is both a spoof and an homage to the legendary Monsters of film. 10 stars.

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