Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein () — Art of the Title
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During the film's production, one of the hardest things for Glenn Strange to do was keep a straight face. The necessary deadpan of Frankenstein was hard for him to sustain because of Lou Costello's constant funny ad-libs and reactions on different takes.
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This becomes especially obvious in the scene where Lou is sitting on his lap, when we can easily see Strange trying desperately to keep from breaking up. Bobby Barber, a pal of Lou Costello, was around in his usual role as "court jester. Bela Lugosi was amused by Bobby's monkey business until it involved him. In the scene where Dracula Bela descends the stairs dramatically with cape pulled over his face, Barber walked behind Lugosi, mimicking his slow vampire gait.
The rest of the cast and crew broke up, but Bela was furious. Pie fights between takes occurred frequently during production. But Bud and Lou were careful not include the three monsters in the horseplay, making sure the actors and their costumes were safe and protected from any pie missiles. An unexpected "good" take occurred in the scene where Frankenstein Strange punches through the door Bud and Lou are hiding behind.
The punch clipped Lou who had deliberately moved from his mark on the set and smashed him right in the jaw.
In another scene, Strange, as Frankenstein, throws Lenore Aubert through a window. Strange lost his footing in this bit and fractured his ankle, tripping over a cable wire.
With Strange temporarily incapacitated, Lon Chaney Jr. Thus, a classic bar bet came to pass the answer being Lon Chaney Jr. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein premiered on June 15, The film exceeded everyone's wildest expectations and proved to be a box office smash. It had been Universal-International's cheapest movie of and ended up being the studio's second-highest grossing film of the year.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was to have other, lasting effects.
Init made the American film institute's list of Funniest American Movies, coming in at number Init was selected by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and selected it for inclusion in the National Film Registry. Quentin Tarantino credits the movie with helping him learn how to blend genres.
A little boy by the name of Jerry Garcia was terrified by the movie when he first saw it as a boy, but he grew to love and be fascinated by it.
Garcia said Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein helped influence him to become not only a musician, but a filmmaker and artist too. 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. 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. 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. Talbot arrives and confronts Dr. Lahos, who is in costume as Dracula. Lejos easily deflects Talbot's accusations and takes Joan to the dance floor.
Sandra lures Wilbur to a quiet spot in the woods and attempts to bite him, but Chick and Larry approach and she flees. Wilbur escapes, but the Wolf Man attacks McDougal, who is also at the ball. Since Chick's costume includes a wolf mask, McDougal accuses Chick of attacking him out of revenge. Chick escapes and witnesses Dracula hypnotizing Wilbur.
Chick is also hypnotized and rendered helpless, while Dracula and Sandra bring Wilbur and Joan back to the castle. The next morning, Chick and Talbot, both fugitives, meet up in the bayou. Talbot confesses to Chick that he is indeed the Wolf Man. Chick explains that Dracula has taken Wilbur and Joan to the island and they agree to work together to rescue them.
Wilbur is held in a pillory in the cellar. Sandra explains her plan to transplant his brain into the Monster. When she and Dracula leave him to prepare the Monster for the operation, Chick and Talbot sneak in to set Wilbur and Stevens free. Dracula and Sandra return to the cellar and find Wilbur missing; Dracula easily recalls Wilbur and he soon finds himself strapped to an operating table in the lab. The Monster is on an adjacent table, receiving electric shocks. As Sandra brings a scalpel to Wilbur's forehead, Talbot and Chick burst in.
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