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But class didn't always make money, so the Universal mainstays ended up sharing a film called Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. Does the addition of wacky hijinks disqualify Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein from Universal Horror continuity?. Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.
One of the film's biggest laughs comes from an encounter between Costello and the tortured Talbot Chaney. Vincent Price had an uncredited bit at the film's conclusion, playing the voice of the Invisible Man. During the film's production, one of the hardest things for Glenn Strange to do was keep a straight face. The necessary deadpan of Frankenstein was hard for him to sustain because of Lou Costello's constant funny ad-libs and reactions on different takes.
This becomes especially obvious in the scene where Lou is sitting on his lap, when we can easily see Strange trying desperately to keep from breaking up. Bobby Barber, a pal of Lou Costello, was around in his usual role as "court jester.
Bela Lugosi was amused by Bobby's monkey business until it involved him. In the scene where Dracula Bela descends the stairs dramatically with cape pulled over his face, Barber walked behind Lugosi, mimicking his slow vampire gait. The rest of the cast and crew broke up, but Bela was furious. Pie fights between takes occurred frequently during production. But Bud and Lou were careful not include the three monsters in the horseplay, making sure the actors and their costumes were safe and protected from any pie missiles.
An unexpected "good" take occurred in the scene where Frankenstein Strange punches through the door Bud and Lou are hiding behind. The punch clipped Lou who had deliberately moved from his mark on the set and smashed him right in the jaw. In another scene, Strange, as Frankenstein, throws Lenore Aubert through a window.
Strange lost his footing in this bit and fractured his ankle, tripping over a cable wire. With Strange temporarily incapacitated, Lon Chaney Jr. Thus, a classic bar bet came to pass the answer being Lon Chaney Jr. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein premiered on June 15, The film exceeded everyone's wildest expectations and proved to be a box office smash. It had been Universal-International's cheapest movie of and ended up being the studio's second-highest grossing film of the year.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was to have other, lasting effects. Init made the American film institute's list of Funniest American Movies, coming in at number Init was selected by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and selected it for inclusion in the National Film Registry.
Quentin Tarantino credits the movie with helping him learn how to blend genres. However, before Wilbur can understand, a full moon rises and Talbot transforms into a werewolf. He proceeds to destroy his hotel room while Wilbur is on the line. Wilbur thinks the call is a prank and hangs up.
Meanwhile, the museum owner, McDougal Frank Fergusonhas arrived to claim the shipments. When Wilbur badly mishandles the crates, McDougal demands that the boys deliver them to his museum so his insurance agent can inspect them. 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. 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.
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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. 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.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Audio Commentary Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
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.