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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)




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It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a "simple, pliable" brain with which to reactivate Frankenstein's creature (Glenn Strange). The "ideal" brain belongs to the hapless Lou Costello, whom the lady doctor woos to gain his confidence and lure him to the operating table. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), better known as the Wolf Man, arrives on the scene to warn Costello and his pal Bud Abbott of Dracula's nefarious schemes. Throughout the film, the timorous Costello witnesses the nocturnal rituals of Dracula and the Monster, but can't convince the ever-doubting Abbott--until the wild climax in Dracula's castle, where the comedians are pursued by all three of the film's monstrosities. As a bonus, the Invisible Man (voiced by an unbilled Vincent Price) shows up for "all the excitement." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2006
Universal Studios Home Video


Bud Abbott
as Chick Young
Lou Costello
as Wilbur Grey
Bela Lugosi
as Count Dracula
Lénore Aubert
as Dr. Sandra Mornay
Lon Chaney Jr
as Lawrence Talbot/The ...
Glenn Strange
as The Monster
Jane Randolph
as Joan Raymond
Charles Bradstreet
as Dr. Stevens
Clarence Straight
as Man in Armor
Harry Brown
as Photographer
Paul Stader
as Sergeant
Vincent Price
as Invisible Man
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

This 1948 effort is probably the last of their watchable films, though it's a long way from their best.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The notion of having these two clowns run afoul of the famous screen monster is a good laugh in itself. But take this gentle warning: get the most out of that one laugh while you can, because the picture, at Loew's Criterion, does not contain many more.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The first of three films to pair the comedy team with Universal's monsters. Moderately amusing.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

A masterpiece filled with raucous laughs, great spooks, and a wicked final scene.

Full Review… | October 13, 2014
Cinema Crazed

This is the best of the boys' efforts, allowing them to go for the nyuks yet never diminishing the standing of the classic Universal Studios monsters that figure in its plot.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

While the the film is representative of the absolute worst of Universal horror... it is one of the very best Abbott and Costello vehicles.

Full Review… | November 1, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein


By 1948, the Universal monsters were on their way out of fashion. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, all had been popular for many years, but other trends (such as UFO invaders) were coming to the fore by the late forties. Abbott and Costello on the other hand, were just coming into their peak, and with "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" they took their career on a whole other path (this was the first of several "Abbott and Costello Meet..." pictures). Anyhow, Abbott and Costello play a pair of bumbling freight handlers who are supposed to deliver Dracula's actual remains and Frankenstein's actual monster to some house of wax museum, but when they get there, Dracula wakes up and steals the monster for some nefarious scheme. Dracula and his scientist partners decide to replace the monster's brain with Lou Costello's, because this will supposedly make him more docile and easy to control. Meanwhile, the wolf man (Lon Chaney Jr.) learns of Dracula's scheme and soon arrives to try and stop him. There are some goofy gags and some slight scares, and the film strikes a nice balance between comedy and (light) horror. Fun.

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Devon Bott

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Dracula: What we need is young blood... and brains... 

"Jeepers. The creepers are after Bud and Lou."

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a silly classic that includes some of the major Universal Studio monsters of the time; including Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein. It is not all that funny now, but back in the flurries when it came out; it was probably hilarious. It's still a semi-fun film to watch from time to time.

The best thing about the movie is the monsters and the plot isn't horrible either. Dracula plans on bringing Frankenstein back and having him have no will of his own so that Dracula can control him. Abbott and Costello then get involved in the story and silly slapstick ensues. That is what I don't like about it. The comedy just doesn't work anymore. I chuckled a couple of times, but that was about the extent to what the comedy did for me.

It's not a bad movie, but I'd rather just watch the old monster movies without Abbott and Costello. It may be a classic, but it definitely isn't a must watch classic.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Very very silly

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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