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Read the Empire review of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's. Reviews; The Masters; Newsreel; About Us . Just be happy in wondering, because looking for too many answers will ruin the film. All things considered, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a triumph of genre-melding and one of the. Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein is truly the last Universal Monster picture before the monsters turned to the . The answer all over it.
In order to put a stop to all the terrible plans, Talbot needs the help of Wilbur and Chick, all the while fighting his own demons and an ever-full moon. I must say poor Talbot, as far as monsters go, is quite the downer. Anyway, I think you get the picture. His is always a character that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are plenty of scares and opportunities for the wonderful, classic repartee that made Abbott and Costello such a hit during the golden ages of three mediums of mass communications — radio, movies and television.
But having all these monsters around who not only want to get at Wilbur but also hate each other — the Wolf Man and Dracula in particular — lends itself to grand mayhem and several frights as well whereby Wilbur and Chick run into a classic monster in every room of the castle. One has to love the apparent demise of Dracula as well — trying to escape the pursuing Wolf Man, the Count starts to turn into a bat then out comes the Wolf Man, grabs a hold of the animal before it flies away and they both fall into the rocks and crashing waves below.
Meanwhile, The Monster continues his relentless pursuit of Wilbur and Chip who do all they can, in hilarious fashion, to evade being killed by the creature. He chases them out of castle where he meets his demise in an ending that rivals the best climax in any of the classic Universal horrors. Then just before the film ends, as the boys are trying to escape in a little boat, another monster appears. A must mention — the gorgeous, classic horror film score by Frank Skinner in this film.
From the moment the Universal logo appears and that first, loud, distinctive note plays I want to run for cover — it evokes such wonderful thrills. I might add that animation is also used beautifully in the scenes where Dracula turns into a bat.
Particularly interesting are the stories concerning the actors who play the famous monsters but, in truth, everything about the making of this film fascinates me.
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The transition scenes where Talbot Chaney turn into the monster are really great in this film too — the editing is less clumsy, for lack of a better word, than in the version.
Pierce continued to work as a make-up artist in films and television through the early s. I adore Boris Karloff as The Monster. He was the original and the image that evokes in my mind whenever I think of this character.
However, I really like Glenn Strange playing this creature as well. Mornay gets thrown through the window in the laboratory. So Chaney ended up playing two monsters in this movie. Yet he remains THE definitive figure and image of Dracula, one of the most revered, feared, cheered and jeered of all fictional characters that appeared in media in the 20th Century.
For more on the impact of Dracula in film, check out another post I wrote in his honor a while back, here. My little girl could write something better than this. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was released on August 20,and became an immediate success.
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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.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
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.
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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.
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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.