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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is a American horror comedy film directed by Charles Barton and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein Pictures and Images. ED Comic actors Bud Abbott and Lou Costello appear on a lobby card for the comedy. ED. Explore Dave Lovering's board "Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein" on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Horror films, Horror Movies and Scary movies.
And guess who the perfect donor is? Wilbur soon finds himself being alternately stalked by Dracula and seduced by Mornay with Chick oblivious to any danger until the duo is trapped in Dracula's castle.
The only problem is that Talbot is as much a threat as Dracula or the Frankenstein monster during a full moon. The idea of Abbott and Costello parodying horror films certainly wasn't a highly original concept at the time Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was made. First, screenwriter Oscar Brodney The Glenn Miller Story, came up with a story outline and then Bertram Milhauser, who penned numerous Sherlock Holmes's films for Universal, delivered a more detailed treatment which recycled plot elements such as a search for some secret microfilm from his Sherlock Holmes in Washington screenplay.
That was abandoned in favor of a new scenario from writers Frederic I. We had two women - one was a heroine and one was a villain.The Life and Sad ending of Lou Costello
And nobody could figure out why these two beautiful girls were after Costello. You're not serious about making it, are you? The making of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was highlighted by card games, exploding cigars, and daily practical jokes on the set. It was just Bud and Lou's way of battling boredom and having fun with the cast and crew. Not everyone enjoyed the horseplay, however, according to Barton from Bela Lugosi: Master of the Macabre by Larry Edwards: You have to understand that working with two zanies like Abbott and Costello was not the normal Hollywood set.
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. This line also gives the Wolf Man a humanizing quality that changes him from a monster to fear into an identifiable character.
Through a simple and quick response, the audience changes from fearing this widely known characteristic associated with werewolves to being able to relate to one by seeing him as just another typical male with raging hormones.
The idea of parodying monsters can also be seen through the depiction of Dracula. Poking fun at this completely irrational idea, Dracula turns into a cartoon bat when he makes this transformation. This shift from reality--with Dracula sneaking out of his coffin and reviving the Frankenstein monster, to cartoon-- where an animated bat is seen flying to the castle parodies the concept that is always associated with vampires and their ability to transform.
Monstrosity Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein epitomizes the human fascination with monstrosity by bringing three notorious monsters together on one screen. Though Sandra lacks the typical physical expectation of a monster, her role in the plot allows the audience to see her as one. The character of Sandra redefines monstrosity as a flaw that cannot always be as easily identified as it is in most monsters.
With this shift, monstrosity becomes something that is not always tangible, only observed through a character's actions.
By the end of the film, the audience can see that Count Dracula proves to be the most monster-like character of them all. Being a vampire, he is also given the powers to control those around him. This can be seen in the beginning of the movie as he escapes from the railway station after he hypnotizes Wilbur and as he bites Sandra as a way to force her to continue her work with their scheme.
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Dracula takes on a mad scientist role, like the one given to Frankenstein in the Hammer Studios Series. Both Frankenstein and Dracula show no remorse for their actions and thrive on the concept of using others to get to their own personal destinations. Chick and Wilbur deliver the crates after hours.
They open the first one and find Dracula's coffin. When Chick leaves the room to retrieve the second crate, Wilbur reads aloud the Dracula legend printed on an exhibit card. The coffin slowly creaks open.
Wilbur is so frightened that his attempts to call Chick result in helpless sputtering. Before Chick returns with the second crate, Dracula climbs unnoticed out of his coffin and hides in the shadows. 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. 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.
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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.
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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.