Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Director: Charles Barton Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.

DVD (Black & White / Mono)

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Universal has given the "Classic Monster" DVD treatment to a 1948 film, also featuring Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man (the Mummy was apparently too wrapped up to participate), that many consider Abbott and Costello's best. The black-and-white film, which has Dracula trying to replace the Frankenstein Monster's (Glenn Strange) brain with the pliable brain of Costello, is presented in ordinary 1.33:1 full frame format and slightly enhanced Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. Where the special treatment occurs is in the inclusion of both a making-of documentary (full of behind-the-scenes tidbits) and a feature-length commentary (by film historian Gregory W. Mank), as well as production notes, production photographs, and cast/filmmaker biographies, just like in Universal's heavyweight "Classic Monster" series. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is often considered one of the top horror-comedies of all time, and this respectful DVD version shows that Universal has no desire to bite the hand that's feeding them.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
UPC: 0025192057229
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 5,648

Special Features

"Abbott & Costello Meet the Monsters: The Making of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein"; Feature commentary with film historian Gregory W. Mank; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Abbott Chick Young
Lou Costello Wilbur Grey
Lon Chaney Lawrence Talbot/The Wolf Man
Bela Lugosi Dracula
Glenn Strange The Monster
Lenore Aubert Sandra Mornay
Jane Randolph Joan Raymond
Frank Ferguson McDougal
Charles Bradstreet Dr. Stevens
Bobby Barber Waiter
George Barton Actor
Carl Sklover Actor
Howard Negley Harris
Clarence Straight Man in Armor
Joe Kirk Man
Helen Spring Woman
Harry Brown Photographer
Paul Stader Sergeant
Vincent Price Invisible Man

Technical Credits
Charles Barton Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
John Grant Screenwriter
Frank Gross Editor
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Robert Lees Screenwriter
Frederic I. Rinaldo Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Bud Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles. [2:23]
2. The Baggage Handlers. [3:40]
3. McDougal's Crates. [5:56]
4. Meet The Monsters. [10:12]
5. Where Are My Bodies? [1:37]
6. Sandra's Guest. [2:47]
7. I Saw What I Saw. [3:03]
8. Wilbur and Wolf Man. [4:16]
9. The Insurance Woman. [7:27]
10. Hunting For Monsters. [11:20]
11. Dracula's Will. [1:19]
12. The Party. [6:35]
13. The Wolf Man. [3:02]
14. Wilbur's Will. [1:40]
15. The Hunted. [8:54]
16. Wilbur's Operation. [2:17]
17. Monster On The Loose. [5:42]
18. End Titles. [:27]

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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watched this for halloween. hilarious about two guys who face off with not only with dracula but wolfman and frankenstein. funny as hell and so recommend. never heard of abbot and costello until now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This old film will have you in tears, laughing your head off! Abbott and Costello at their best, and some very good lighting and music to make a scary, yet very funny movie, along with all the classic monsters of yore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The comedy of Abbott & Costello helped define an era. But by the time ''A&C Meet Frankenstein'' was released, the duo appeared to be on the downside of a brilliant career. In trying to decide what to do with Bud and Lou next, Universal Studios decided to pair them with its other leading players, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man. The result is a truly terrific blend of comedy and horror that has rarely been matched and never surpassed. For their part, Bud and Lou are at the top of their game, and deliver their best performance since ''Buck Privates.'' The movie is filled with classic A&C routines, especially the ''moving candle'' bit, which never fails to bring out the laughs. What makes this movie work, however, is that the monsters play their parts straight. One can only cringe at the thought of Frankenstein doing pratfalls, but to their credit, Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Glen Strange (Frankenstein's monster), and Lon Chaney Jr. (the Wolf Man) each deliver a frightening performance worthy of their earlier work. Add two beautiful women, scary set design, and a seamless plot and you have a movie that stands the test of time. The DVD version is complemented with a 30-minute look at the making of the movie, highlighted by Chris Costello's (Lou's youngest daughter) recollections of her father and his partner. This DVD is a ''must have'' for any serious A&C fan, but also makes a great addition to any movie fan's library. Sadly, this movie also spawned a string of inferior sequels in which Bud and Lou failed to capture the magic of the original. Regardless, ''Abbott & Costello Meets Frankenstein'' stands testament to how truly great the duo was in their day.
Larry58 More than 1 year ago
Brings my childhood back. Historical actors. When horror wasn't based on much blood flowed. Nothing better with combining suspense with funnies.
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Whoever came up with this idea of wedding Universal's 30's boffo box office monsters with their wartime money-makers Abbott and Costello, was a genius! While the subsequent ''A and C Meet . . .'' efforts waffled in quality, this premier film is nothing short of hilarious! Suffice it to say that the only way for Count Dracula to keep the Frankenstein's monster piable and under his command is to give it Lou Costello's brain. Toss in Lon Chaney, Jr. as Bud and Lou's (here called Chick and Wilbur) warning-bell-cum-wolfman and Katie Bar the Door! More funny lines than you can shake an electrode at! The transforrmation of Dracula into bat and vice versa to this day still impresses me above and beyond the CGI junk in contemporary films and NOBODY takes a pratfall like Lou Costello!
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