Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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

DVD (Black & White / Mono)

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Overview

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: 1,299

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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