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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
More howls than you can shake a shiver at!!!
Two hapless frieght handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Chick: "Listen, Wilbur. I know there's no such a person as Dracula! YOU know there's no such a person as Dracula!"
Wilbur: "But...does DRACULA know it?"
From the wonderfully animated opening title credits to the Vincent Price voice cameo at the end, this is pitch perfect, grand old Hollywood family entertainment...providing an expert amalgamation of the run of 40's A&C comedies up to that point, and the classic Universal Horror Films.
"I saw what I saw when I saw it!"
Right from the get-go, the fun is non-stop. The script is both on-the-nose funny and true to the monster's individual legends, the production design and lighting provides the studio's legendary Horror film atmosphere, Frank Skinner's score is utterly fantastic (imbuing…
Better than The Avengers.
I'm not even a huge fan of the Abbott and Costello routine but the silliness of it all seems to work in a world where Dracula, Frankenstien, and The Wolf Man are all running amuck together.
The scariest of all of the Universal Horror movies because it's about how all of the women in Costello's life are only feigning interest in him romantically in order to achieve some professional/sinister goal. Too real.
"I've had this brain for thirty years. It hasn't done me any good!" ~ Wilbur Grey
This might not have been the first comedy horror film ever made, but it certainly stands as a classic of the genre. In 2007, Reader's Digest listed it among the "top 100 funniest films of all time" and AFI has rated it #56 among the 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time.
The situation is ridiculous in the extreme. Florida freight handlers Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) and Chick Young (Bud Abbott) deliver two crates to McDougal's House of Horrors. They allegedly contain the remains of Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange).
Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert) plans to help Dracula…
"Don't you know what's going to happen now?" "I'll bite." "No, I will."
Great blending of cinematic universes here, between Abbott and Costello's proto-sitcom, whipcrack-timed jokey gentleman comedy and the world of Universal Monsters, in which Dracula and Frankenstein('s monster) stalk the streets and every night is a full moon.
I saw what I saw when I saw it!
I have been avoiding this movie most of my life out of some sort of misguided loyalty towards Universal Monsters. There's nothing wrong with loving those classic films, but where I went wrong is thinking of this movie as an insult to what I loved.
The fact is that this is not just a great Abbott and Costello movie, but it's actually a great Universal Monsters movie. First you have Bela Lugosi returning as Dracula for the first time since the 1931 Dracula, which is a huge win in my book already, then you add Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf-Man and the second best choice for Frankenstein's Monster…
Counterfeit Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016-17 - Week 12: Classic Comedy Teams Week
A charming film, but I was hoping for more. I knew of Abbott and Costello, however, I never really seen their work and consensus is that this is their best film. While I was expecting the humor to be slapstick, I was surprised how repetitive and onenote the whole movie was. I enjoyed seeing the iconic monsters otherwise the whole movie fell flat.
Watched for kurt k's Letterboxd 2016-17 Season Challenge
Week 12: November 21st-27th
Classic Comedy Teams Week
The challenge of the week is to watch a previously unseen movie featuring either the Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, or Abbott & Costello.
A very silly film, but it's not my particular brand of silliness. I could get super-critical on this, but it's not worth the energy. The story's a lark, and it has it's moments. Disposable entertainment.
This is an all-time great Horror-Comedy and a historically defining piece of genre-bending. The comedy just works great here! Having the monsters all play it straight to perfection against the tomfoolery of Abbott and Costello is utterly brilliant.
Darned fun, and actually funny, this is the sort of pantsing our world of cinematic universes desperately needs more often.
Everyone in this film, even Bela Lugosi, seems to be having a great time, and maybe that is why it still plays so well today, much more so than the later Abbott and Costello monster films where the elements sank back into the formula they were meant to subvert. While the monsters don't really get to be themselves fully in this family comedy – only one person dies at the Monster's hands and Wolfie only gets to scratch someone, though Drac does get to make a conversion for two points (those points being on the ends of his fangs, that is...) – the film itself, while a comedy, always takes the situation of their mounting threat to humanity seriously.
To read my full review of this film, visit cinema4pylon.blogspot.com/2006/12/rixflix-to-z-abbott-and-costello-meet.html
Their schtik isn't my scene. A few fynny parts here and there, but their act got old fast. Nice to see Bela Lugosi playing Dracula, but the director had no idea (or no intention) on how to make him look badass. This movie had Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Wolf Man in it (also played by that famous wolf man actor). It should've been a lot better than this.
That being said, it picks up a lot during the finale, and it was all worth it for me personally when Frankenstein's monster tossed that lady out the window.
PS: Vincent Price has a really great cameo.
This film earns three stars just because it gives us another film with Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. as Dracula and Wolf Man. The Abbott and Costello scenes have not aged well and I'm not sure anything Abbott says registered a chuckle with me. Costello is funnier with a sort of light Curly from the 3 Stooges routine but still it is hard to imagine how them became so famous for their comedy. A brief Vincent Price appearance at the very end hints at the possibilities of what could have been.
Best thing: The more Lou Costello imitates Frankenstein and Dracula the more it cracks me up.
Worst thing: It's great to see Bella Lugosi returning in the role, but with this comedy style he seems really sweet instead of terrifying. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a little disappointing.
I never thought I'd be so happy to see the same actor returning as the Wolf-Man. While Abbott essentially plays the straight man he's also the sceptic. Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf-Man, being the most reluctant of the monsters, has to be the one to provide the exposition of an evil plot by Dracula involving Frankenstein. He is wonderful and works very…
The gags fly fast and furious in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but not nearly enough of them land. Compared to the duo’s electric “Who’s on First?” routine, the humor here feels remarkably mannered.
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