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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

Sep 30, 2006

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

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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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.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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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.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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.

November 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Well-constructed and satisfyingly low

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It's ridiculous, of course, but the combination of classic monsters, dizzy sets and some of Bud and Lou's funniest bits make it a keeper.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The comedy duo's finest onscreen hour comes in the shape of this wonderful horror spoof which also unites all of Universal's scariest horror heroes under the same cinematic roof.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

A little bit of going through the motions with this horror spoof but fans will enjoy

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

After this film's considerable success at the box office, Abbott and Costello made seven more pictures in which they 'met' Hollywood monsters, but none were as lively and entertaining as this one.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

THE best of Abbott and Costello's zany films, this time with Lugosi and Chaney playing their monsters seriously, which makes A&C's reactions hilarious.

February 16, 2006
Kansas City Kansan

Classic horror movie spoof.

September 23, 2005
7M Pictures

The best of all the 35 Abbott and Costello movies made between 1940 and 1956.

July 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the funniest comedies in the couple's long series of films that use Universal's classic horrors.

July 3, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A classic mixture of horror and comedy, one of the best in this genre and one of A&C's finest moments.

September 20, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

This is one of the best of all the Abbott and Costello features.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Superior Abbott and Costello vehicle with great Bela Lugosi Dracula performance.

January 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Even contemporary audiences can't help but laugh at this.

November 29, 2002
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

One of the duo's most crowd-pleasing adventures.

July 26, 2002

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein shows off both the comedy team and the monsters at their best, ranking in my book with Ghostbusters as one of the best horror-comedies ever.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...much of it is silly, but I think you'll find it as entertaining now as I did fifty years ago.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

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.
March 29, 2012
Mr Awesome
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.
October 6, 2011
Melvin White

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Very very silly
July 16, 2011

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I liked this movie it's fun and has both comedy and horror movie stars. And of course, it's very funny.
October 24, 2010

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