Abbott and costello meet frankenstein 1948

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Bud Abbott& Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein - the film's poster title - or Bud film is often referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein) is a Directed by Charles Barton. With Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi. Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a American horror comedy film directed by Charles Barton and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.

abbott and costello meet frankenstein 1948

Wilbur thinks the call is a prank and hangs up. Meanwhile, the museum owner, McDougal Frank Fergusonhas arrived to claim the shipments. When Wilbur badly mishandles the crates, McDougal demands that the boys deliver them to his museum so his insurance agent can inspect them.

Chick and Wilbur deliver the crates after hours. They open the first one and find Dracula's coffin. When Chick leaves the room to retrieve the second crate, Wilbur reads aloud the Dracula legend printed on an exhibit card. The coffin slowly creaks open. Wilbur is so frightened that his attempts to call Chick result in helpless sputtering. Before Chick returns with the second crate, Dracula climbs unnoticed out of his coffin and hides in the shadows.

Wilbur claims that the coffin opened, but Chick shows him that it is in fact empty.

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

While the boys open the second crate containing the Monster, Chick leaves the room to greet McDougal and the insurance agent. Dracula now hypnotizes Wilbur and reanimates the Monster.

abbott and costello meet frankenstein 1948

They both leave and by the time McDougal, the insurance agent, and Chick enter, both crates are empty. McDougal accuses the boys of theft and has them arrested. Sandra, a gifted surgeon who has studied Dr.

Frankenstein's notebooks, has seduced Wilbur as part of Dracula's plan to replace the Monster's brutish brain with a more pliable one—Wilbur's. Wilbur and Chick are bailed out of jail. They assume that Sandra posted bond, but Joan Raymond Jane Randolphan undercover investigator for the insurance company, did so.

Joan also feigns love for Wilbur, hoping that he will lead her to the missing "exhibits". Wilbur invites Joan to a masquerade ball that evening. Meanwhile, Lawrence Talbot has tracked Dracula and the Monster from Europe and has taken the apartment across the hall from Wilbur and Chick. Talbot asks Chick and Wilbur to help him find and destroy Dracula and the Monster.

Wilbur believes, but Chick remains skeptical.

abbott and costello meet frankenstein 1948

That night Wilbur, Chick and Joan go to Sandra's castle to pick her up for the ball. Wilbur answers a telephone call from Talbot, who informs them that they are in fact in the "House of Dracula". Wilbur reluctantly agrees to search the castle with Chick and soon stumbles upon a basement staircase that leads to a boat and dock. Chick insists they search for Dracula and the Monster to prove to Wilbur that they do not really exist.

Behind a revolving door, Wilbur experiences a few close calls with the monsters; whenever he tries to get Chick's attention, the monsters have disappeared. Meanwhile, Joan discovers Dr.

Abbott And Costello - Meet Frankenstein 1948

Frankenstein's notebook in Sandra's desk and Sandra finds Joan's insurance company employee ID in her purse. As the men and women prepare to leave for the ball, a suavely dressed Dr. Dracula introduces himself to Joan and the boys. Also working at the castle is the naive Prof. Stevens Charles Bradstreetwho questions some of the specialized equipment that has arrived. After Wilbur admits that he was in the basement, Sandra feigns a headache and tells Wilbur and the others that they will have to go to the ball without her.

In private, Sandra admits to Dracula that Stevens' suspicions, Joan's credentials, and Wilbur's snooping in the basement have made her nervous enough to put the experiment on hold. Dracula asserts his will by hypnotizing her and biting her in the neck in a continuity error, Dracula's reflection is visible in a mirror. Vampires do not have reflections, as stated in Dracula Everyone is now at the masquerade ball.

This can be seen in the beginning of the movie as he escapes from the railway station after he hypnotizes Wilbur and as he bites Sandra as a way to force her to continue her work with their scheme.

Dracula takes on a mad scientist role, like the one given to Frankenstein in the Hammer Studios Series.

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Both Frankenstein and Dracula show no remorse for their actions and thrive on the concept of using others to get to their own personal destinations. Like Frankenstein, Count Dracula's vampire powers allow him to manipulate the characters around him as pawns through his endeavor of completing his experiment.

The film was given this honor by being recognized as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein also received a warm reception from Readers Digest as it was named one of the top funniest films of all time Wikipedia. Significance Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein has become culturally significant because of what it accomplishes.

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Universal Studios parodies itself by poking fun at the long list of monster movies it has distributed: FrankensteinThe Wolf ManDracula to name a few. The original horror films produced by Universal gathered a following based on a love for the combination of monstrosity and fear.

This film takes these two concepts and offers a completely new perspective. The comedy causes the audience to rethink the collective fear of monstrosity and asks for a different response: This laughter can be found in the actor casting itself as each monster is played by the same actor as the original Universal films.

With this decision, Universal is playing with the understanding that the audience has most likely already seen these actors in their plethora of monster films, and it asks the audience to see the cast like never before, in a lighter, comically entertaining format accompanying the famous comedy duo: The casting of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello is another reason for laughs as their interactions with one another lighten the typical fear in movies of being in the presence of three notorious monsters.

The constant comedic mood created by Abbott and Costello as well as the basic concept of the film to parody monster movies led to a development of films following the same lead, like Young Frankenstein Together, these films embrace the comedy in absurdity and monstrosity. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein left behind a legacy by forcing audiences to come face to face with their fears to laugh at them. The film requires the audience to question the rationale behind the fear of monstrosity, as it is put alongside Abbott and Costello and manipulated in ways that make it more hysterically entertaining than it ever was scary.

References Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

abbott and costello meet frankenstein 1948

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.