Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Lobby Card

Abbott and Costello vs. Truth in Advertising, Part II:  Technically speaking, Bud and Lou DON’T meet Frankenstein in this film, since (as every Monster Kid knows) Frankenstein is the scientist who created the monster.  They do, however, meet Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the Wolf Man in what is perhaps their best film (although a case can certainly be made for Buck Privates).  It marked the end of the line for the classic Universal monsters, but it gave Bud and Lou’s career a shot in the arm that kept them at Universal through 1955 and set off a slew of “Meet” films for them (and even for Bela Lugosi, who was in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, which SHALL be discussed at a future date—oh yes, it shall).

Michael Weldon, in his Psychotronic Encyclopedia review, wasn’t overly effusive about the film, calling it, and I paraphrase, not too shabby.  Most every other critic agrees that it’s one of the best horror/comedies ever made, if not THE best.  It certainly gets my vote.

If you’ve never seen the film, make sure that you put it on your must-see list.  It’s perfect family fare for the month of October.  Little kids may find it a bit scary, but Lou’s antics keep it from getting too frightening.  There are quotable lines galore, and many, many classic bits.  I especially like the bit with the oranges, as shown in the lobby card above.

Oh, I almost forgot.  There is rather glaring flub in the movie.  Dracula’s reflection is quite obvious in a mirror at one point.  And when I say “quite obvious,” I mean that the camera actually dollies in on the mirror to avoid showing Dracula doing his neck-biting thing.

I can let that slide.

If you want to the watch the entire movie, Netflix has it as part of their streaming service; of course, a bit of searching online will bring you several dodgy sites that “host” the film as well.

No time to watch the whole film right now, but you’re dying to watch that scene with the oranges that I mentioned?  Here it is, courtesy of YouTube and Movieclips:

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