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Director:
Writers:
Robert Lees (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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
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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)
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Directed by
Charles Barton  (as Charles T. Barton)
 
Writing credits
Robert Lees (screenplay) &
Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) &
John Grant (screenplay)

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

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger 
 
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
 
Art Direction by
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
 
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" - USA (alternative 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) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #13109)

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Trivia:
For the first time, Universal-International stopped using the effective but lengthy application time of make-up artist Jack P. Pierce for the monster make-up, using Bud Westmore and Jack Kevan's more cost-effective rubber appliances. The rubber head appliance that Glenn Strange wore to play the Frankenstein monster fitted him so tightly that, after a few hours under the hot lights, he could shake his head and hear the sweat rattling around inside it.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Crewmember visible turning the secret door when Wilbur is running from the monsters in the cellar.See more »
Quotes:
Chick Young:[the phone rings] Answer that phone.
[a lady rings the bell for service]
Chick Young:Answer the bell.
[the phone rings again]
Chick Young:Answer the phone!
Wilbur Grey:Which one do you want me to answer first?
Chick Young:Both of them!
Wilbur Grey:[mocks him] Both of them! Both of them!
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How many Frankenstein movies did Universal Studios make?
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46 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Scarily Funny!, 16 November 2004
Author: violencegang from Worcester, England

There are two schools of thought regarding 'Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein'. The first holds that the movie represents the nadir of the Universal Monsters cycle, with three once-great monsters reduced to playing second-fiddle to a couple of Laurel and Hardy wannabes. The alternative view, which I hold, is that this movie is a classic comedy-horror, perhaps the best example of that hybrid sub-genre until John Landis' 'An American Werewolf In London' emerged in 1981.

'A&CMF' warrants classic status because it is probably the best Universal horror film since 'The Wolf Man' (1941); certainly it has a much stronger narrative thread, not to mention a better reason for the three monsters coming together, than either 'House Of Frankenstein'(1944) or 'House Of Dracula'(1945). The problem with those two movies is that Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and The Wolf Man's coming together seemed purely coincidental, with Dracula not even encountering the other two in 'House Of Frankenstein' (which feels like two short films cobbled together, with only Boris Karloff's Dr. Neimann & J. Carroll Naish's hunchback providing a link between them) and 'House Of Dracula' only featuring a few scenes with more than one monster. 'Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein', by having The Wolf Man pursuing Dracula and the Monster, and also having Dracula plan to put Lou Costello's brain into the Frankenstein Monster (with the help of the duplicitous Dr. Mornay) provides an extremely satisfactory reason for the various characters coming together.

As for the acting, it has often been pointed out that this film works because the monster actors (Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr & Glenn Strange) play it straight, and this is very true, with Chaney's tortured soul act contrasting well with Lou Costello's one-liners (especially the famous 'you and twenty million other guys' joke). Lugosi, playing Dracula for only the second time, is wonderfully grandiose and even Glenn Strange, who is basically only required to lumber about, does what he does well, and he has a lot more to do than in the 'House of' movies. Abbott and Costello are very funny, using fewer verbal routines than normal, but doing some highly entertaining slapstick gags, and the supporting cast do very well, notably Frank Ferguson as the blustering McDougal, barely controlling his exasperation at Lou Costello's incompetence. Lenore Aubert as Dr. Sandra Mornay does well, and it's interesting to see a female mad scientist, particularly taking into account when this film was made. Charles Bradstreet and Jane Randolph have less to do in their parts, but neither of them drags the film down

All in all, 'A&CMF' is a movie that deserves a much greater reputation than it has acquired in some circles, and is probably the high point of the Abbott and Costello filmography

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