Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein - Wikipedia
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein () — the perfect mix of horror, pathos, intrigue and downright silliness — a chance for a. Director Charles Barton's Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, the first of that famous comedy duo's encounters with monsters, was released on the 15th of. Abbott and Costello Meet Edgar Allan Poe by LIZARRAGA $ + S. Caricature of Lou Abbott and Frankenstein from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Wilbur claims that the coffin opened, but Chick shows him that it is in fact empty. 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. 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.
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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. 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. Then Patrick Knowles came along in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, totally spinning his character from the moral center and romantic lead into a complete and a power crazed mad scientist! Then is was Boris Karloff himself in House of Frankenstein taking the reigns and making the monster his own personal hit man. Then Onslow Stevens in House of Dracula who has the honor of attracting both the Wolf Man and Dracula, and then the Frankenstein Monster in 24 hours to his castle on the ocean.
This is the pristine legacy that those who poo poo Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein wish to protect? One can argue that the laughs were on the monsters in those pictures without them being intentionally comedies.
Universal never really had much respect for Dracula as a character. In Son Of Dracula, Long Chaney actually takes his coffin from a watery hiding place where no one would have found him and leaves it in a mine shaft where a half crazed jilted lover finds it and sets it on fire.
And then there is Chaney crying and begging for the guy to out the fire out! Earlier, instead of grabbing his enemy, J. Edward Bromberg by the neck, he goes for the dumbfounded local saw bones instead…this after trusting a weird occult buff enough to marry him, then betray him with her plan of eternal power and romance with her mortal boy friend. And then he enters into indentured servitude to the guy who promised to hide his coffin and keep it safe but then literally threw it out the back door of his roving wagon so Dracula can bake in the sun trying to get to it in time!
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Their first performance resulted from Abbott's regular partner becoming ill. The duo built an act by refining and reworking numerous burlesque sketches with Abbott as the devious straight man and Costello as the dimwitted comic.
As a result, Costello affected a high-pitched, childish voice.
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Their program returned in its own weekly time slot starting on October 8, and Camel cigarettes as sponsor. Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbach "Mr.
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Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Costello, who routinely insulted his on-air wife played by Elvia Allman. Sound effects were handled primarily by Floyd Caton. The program finished its run in Cast in supporting roles, they stole the show with several classic routines, including the "Who's on First? Universal signed them to a two-picture contract.