ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)

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Director: Charles Barton
MPAA Rating: Not Rated (released before MPAA Ratings)
Running Time: 83 min

When Chick and Wilbur are preparing to deliver two large crates to McDougall’s House of Horrors, they receive a mysterious phone call from a Mr. Talbot warning them of impending danger.  Chick dismisses the phone call as superstitious nonsense and orders Wilbur to help him with the crates.  In the middle of their delivery, however, Wilbur discovers that the crates contain the real bodies of Dracula and the Frankenstein monster and that they are both alive.  Before Mr. McDougall arrives to inspect his merchandise, the monsters have escaped and Chick and Wilbur are arrested.  Joan Raymond, who works for McDougall’s insurance company, arranges for their release so that she can tail them–hoping they will lead her to what she believes to be the stolen wax figures of Frankenstein and Dracula.  Meanwhile, Talbot shows up and announces that he believes Wilbur that the monsters are alive.  He also claims to be a werewolf, which neither Chick nor Wilbur fully believes.  And as if matters weren’t complicated enough, Wilbur’s girlfriend, Sandra, seems to be somehow involved with Count Dracula.  Everything will come together when Chick, Wilbur, Sandra, Talbot, Miss Raymond, and McDougall attend a costume party near Dracula’s mansion.

Abbott and Costello are a classic comedy duo, perhaps best known for their “Who’s On First?” routine. Meet Frankenstein is my favorite of their films, as it combines all of their wonderful slapstick, wordplay, and silliness with a dose of creepy suspense.  Also, Bela Lugosi as Dracula!  If you like silly comedies and classic films, you should definitely check this one out.

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