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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Poster

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When McDougal and his friend confront Wilbur and Chick on the pier towards the end of the film, Wilbur and Chick both say, "McDougal!" but neither Chick's or Wilbur's lips moves.
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After Wilbur, Chick, and Joan Raymond arrive at the castle, Sandra enters the room and her reflection can be seen in a large mirror. She exclaims "Wilbur!" in surprise of added guests. However, in the reflection, her lips don't move.
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Chick tells Wilbur to untie the boat that they're in at a dock, while the Monster throws barrels at them from a pier. However, Chick's lips don't move as he talks to Wilbur.
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After Frankenstein gets off the table, Wilbur is heard screaming but his mouth is closed.
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Shadow visible above the door that Larry Talbot exits from when Wilbur tries to return Talbot's suit case to him.
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Character error 

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play characters named Chick and Wilbur in this film, but occasionally address each other as Bud and Lou. This was out of habit because these actors usually used their own names for their fictional personalities.
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Charles Bradstreet is credited as Dr. Stevens, but his character is never once called "Dr. Stevens." He is always referred to as Professor Stevens.
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It was well established that the Monster was terrified of fire. He would not have walked into the flames on the dock.
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Continuity 

After Wilbur knocks the bundles containing their masquerade costumes out of Chick's arms and tries to dance with him, Chick say's "Come on, pick up these bundles and get dressed." Wilbur strides out of the frame without his bundle but he has it in his hand as he strides into the next shot.
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Talbot , Wilbur and Chick arrive at the Masquerade Ball and you can plainly see it's already evening (with full moon in the sky), which means that Larry Talbot should have changed into the Wolfman already.
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When Dracula first appears, his hand grips the edge of the coffin twice.
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The placard that Wilbur reads to learn about Dracula in the museum is pristine in long shot, but creased and dented in close-up. The close-up was apparently shot after Wilbur bashed the sign against Dracula's coffin in the long shot.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Crewmember visible turning the secret door when Wilbur is running from the monsters in the cellar.
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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 that the Monster is named Frankenstein after his creator.
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Revealing mistakes 

As the monster begins to sit up in the crate in the house of horrors after being revived by Dracula, you can see the monster make-up separate between his right eye and brow.
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When the Frankenstein monster starts to move on the lab table towards the end of the film the electrode on the right side of his neck starts to separate from his neck.
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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.
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In the House of Horrors, when the candle slides across the lid of the coffin as Wilbur reads the card, the wire that prevents the candle from sliding completely off the coffin can be seen.
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While Dracula, in bat form, is floating outside the castle window looking in on Professor Stevens, the wire that holds the fake bat can be seen.
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At the end of the movie when Bud and Lou turn to jump off the boat, they both turn around to jump off and freeze there positions and another take shows 2 different doubles jumping in the water.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie when Mcdougal ties up the boat, he ties it to the left side of the ladder. A few minutes later Wilbur and Chick get in and it's tied to the opposite side of the ladder. It has also reversed direction.
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After being attacked by the Wolf Man at the masquerade ball, McDougal has a bandage on his neck the next morning when he is hunting for Chick Young, who he thought was the one who attacked him. Later that night, when McDougal finds Chick and Wilbur when the Frankenstein Monster is chasing them, his neck is not bandaged and has no visible injuries.
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It is implied at the end that Dracula and Larry Talbot are killed when they fall into the sea. It was well established in previous films that vampires and werewolves are immortal and cannot die.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Dracula bites Sandra's neck in front of a large mirror, his reflection is as clear as that of any mortal.
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At the end, Chick is rowing the boat but they clearly aren't moving.
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Obvious mannequin when Frankenstein walks into the fire.
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