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Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

AKA's: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein / Abbott And Costello Meet The Ghosts / Abbott And Costello Spotykaja Frankensteina / Abbott E Costello E Os Monstros / Abbott Und Costello Treffen Frankenstein / Abbott Y Costello Contra Los Fantasmas / Abbott Y Costello Contra Los Monstruos / Brain Of Frankenstein, The / Cervello Di Frankenstein, Il / Contra Los Fantasmas / Deux Nigauds Contre Frankenstein / Huu! Sa Hemskt / Kom Loss Frankenstein / Meet The Ghosts / Mein Gott, Frankenstein

Release Date: 1948 USA
Running time: 83' (cover 83') - Source: VHS NTSC b/w
Rating: Germ.: 12; UK: PG; US: NR
Main Crew: Director: Charles T. Barton (The Last Outpost 1935)
Producer: Universal International
Score: Frank Skinner
Writer: Robert Lees / Frederic I. Rinaldo / John Grant
Director of Photography: Charles Van Enger


Summary: Abbott and Costello, as railroad baggage clerks, receive a strange shipment - the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. But this deadly duo is still very much alive. So when the shipment arrives at the House of Horrors, the Monsters are not in their crates but have disappeared to a secret hideaway island. Blamed for the disappearance, Abbott and Costello follow their trail to the island, where not only do they meet up with Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange), but a Mad Scientist (Charles Bradstreet) who wants to switch Costello's brain with that of the Monster. With everyone chasing each other, the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.) shows up to scare them all. In the end everything works out: Costello finds romance and the Monsters find their final resting places... or do they?
Note: - Lou Costello did not want to film the movie, declaring, "No way I'll do that crap. My little girl could write something better than this." A $50,000 advance in salary and the signing of he and Bud Abbott's good friend Charles T. Barton convinced him otherwise.
- Glenn Strange was playing the Frankenstein monster, but during shooting one day he tripped over a camera cable and broke his ankle. Lon Chaney Jr. (playing the Wolf Man) wasn't working that day, so he put on the Frankenstein makeup/outfit and filled in for Glenn in one scene where Dr. Mornay gets thrown through the window. So Lon Chaney wound up playing two monsters in this movie.
- Boris Karloff was the obvious first choice for the Frankenstein monster, but he had long since given up the role, he was sixty-five at the time, and he thought the whole idea of a monster parody was demeaning to the creatures. So the part went to Glenn Strange, who had played the monster in two prior films.
- Bela Lugosi as Dracula was not the studio's first choice. During pre-production, other actors were being considered for the role. Universal wanted John Carradine, who had been their vampire most recently, but he was unavailable. They had thought that Bela Lugosi was already dead until another actor brought up his name.
- The film marked Lugosi's last "official" appearance as Dracula, playing the Count for only the second time since the 1931 film.
- Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man was the only of the Universal monsters to ever be played by just one person.

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