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Principal photography began on February 5 and ran through March 20, All I have to do is frighten the boys, a perfectly appropriate activity. As director Barton would later say: You have to understand that working with two zanies like Abbott and Costello was not the normal Hollywood set.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
They never went by the script and at least once a day there would be a pie fight. Bela of course would have nothing to do with any of this. He would just glare at those involved with his famous deadly stare and the only emotion he would show physically was one of utter disgust.
An infamous story from filming also involved Strange who, during the scene in the laboratory where the Monster comes after Chick and Wilbur after throwing Sandra through the window, stepped on a camera cable, causing the camera to fall and break some bones in his foot.
So in fact Chaney wound up playing two different monsters in this movie. Another humorous story from the set involved actress Lenore Aubert, who wrapped in a mink, put a leash on Strange and, accompanied by Abbott, Costello, and Chaney in full make-up, took the Monster out for a stroll on the lot just in time for the studio tour tram.
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The rubber head appliance worn by Glenn Strange to play the Frankenstein monster fitted him so tightly that, after a few hours under the hot lights, he could shake his head and hear the sweat rattling around inside it. During the final chase scene, when Wilbur and Chick are standing in front of a door and the Frankenstein monster punches through it, Costello deliberately went off his mark and got hit on the jaw.
Director Barton liked his reaction, so he decided to keep it in the film. As a favor to Universal, even though he refused to actually see the film, he did help promote the film and can be seen in several publicity photos, including one where he is buying a ticket. Modern sources report that Lugosi wrote his autobiography on the set of the film.
Lou Costello wasn't exactly thrilled when he read the movie's original screenplay.
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About the only classic Universal monster they don't meet in this movie is the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The creature wouldn't come along until The boys would never meet the slimy gill-man in a feature film, but they would encounter him in one of their television appearances on The Colgate Comedy Hour in Oddly, Boris Karloff was never approached to play his signature role as Frankenstein.
Instead, Glenn Strange took on the title role. Karloff, however, did do publicity for the film and posed in publicity photos including a shot of him buying a ticket at the box office.
He'd return to also co-star in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Ian Keith was considered for the role. Keith had also been up for the role of the vampire Count in the original Dracula inlosing the lead to Lugosi.
But, according to film historian Gregory W. Mank, Lugosi's manager met with the head of Universal and said rather dramatically"He is Dracula. You owe this role to Lugosi.
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This was to be the second and final time Bela Lugosi was to play his most famous role as count Dracula in a feature film. Many movie fans mistakenly believe Bela played the count in many films, but this is untrue.
The confusion derives from the fact that Lugosi did play vampires in several other movies, including Mark of the Vampire and Return of the Vampire He did play Dracula in a short, 's Hollywood Parade. It was also, sadly, to be Bela's last film made with a major studio. The rest of his career was to consist of various appearances in B-movies like Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla and the legendary turkey Plan 9 from Outer Space One of the film's biggest laughs comes from an encounter between Costello and the tortured Talbot Chaney.
Vincent Price had an uncredited bit at the film's conclusion, playing the voice of the Invisible Man. 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.
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.