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Classic comedy-horror for older kids and teens. Read Common Sense Media's Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein review, age rating, and parents guide. During the 's and early forties, Universal Studios rode the crest of a horror film craze that made them rich and famously established them as the home of. Sep 30, It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a "simple, pliable".
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. 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.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
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.
As Sandra brings a scalpel to Wilbur's forehead, Talbot and Chick burst in. Talbot pulls Sandra away from Wilbur and Chick unintentionally knocks her out while fending off Dracula with a chair.
Chick flees the lab, pursued by Dracula. Talbot is about to untie Wilbur when he once again transforms into the Wolf Man.
Dracula returns to the lab and engages in a brief tug of war with the Wolf Man over Wilbur's gurney. Dracula flees and the Wolf Man gives chase.
Chick returns to untie Wilbur just as the Monster, now at full power, breaks his restraints and climbs off his gurney. Sandra attempts to command him, but the Monster picks her up and tosses her out the lab window to her death. Chick and Wilbur escape the lab and run from room to room with the Monster following them.
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Dracula, while fighting with the Wolf Man, attempts to escape by transforming into a bat. The Wolf Man leaps, catches the bat and tumbles off a balcony onto the rocks below.
Presumably, both are killed.
The tongue-in-cheek plot of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein features Bud and Lou as Chick and Wilbur, respectively, two railway porters who end up transporting a pair of mysterious crates to a wax museum.
Together Dracula and Mornay plan to use the monster for their own nefarious purposes but he proves to be uncontrollable so they decide to give him a smaller brain. 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. 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.
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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.
All I have to do is frighten the boys, a perfectly appropriate activity. My trademark will be unblemished. Part of the expense went toward the atmospheric sets such as Dracula's castle, a cartoon title sequence, special effects the scene where Dracula changes into a bat was created by animator Walter Lantz of "Woody Woodpecker" fameand makeup.
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Instead of going with Jack Pierce's original monster makeups for Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, which were too time-consuming and uncomfortable for the actors, makeup artists Bud Westmore and Jack Kevan used rubber sponge masks that could be applied in an hour and still retained the monsters' famous look.
Paddy Costello recalled, "Glenn Strange was so sweet - 'Frankenstein' was always walking around with a smile.