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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein [DVD] [1948] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange
  • Directors: Charles Barton
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant, Mary Shelley, Robert Lees
  • Producers: Robert Arthur
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783233582
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
In this movie we see the return of Universal Studio's finest monsters : Frankenstein (played by Glen Strange), Dracula (with Lugosi reprising his classic role), and the Wolfman (once again played by Lon Chaney, Jr.). Added to this, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello take us on a hilarious ride of horror madness.
Dracula wishes to swap the Frankenstein Monster's brain, so that he may control it, whilst the Wolfman's alter ego - Larry Talbot - tries to stop him. Abbott refuses to believe in the monsters - until he's chased by them, and Costello is a scream, as its his brain Dracula is after.
This movie was the 'climax' of the Universal Studio monster movies - as far as Frankenstein, Dracular and the Wolfman were concerned - and it's great that these three classic horror figures met their demise in such a fun movie. Indeed, being a 'classic', this movie let Abbott and Costello to meet up with such other monsters as Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man. But of all these, 'Meet Frankenstein' is the finest.
A great release on video by Universal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2004
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Lou Costello was always the master of strangulated, speechless terror, so putting Abbott & Costello in a movie with the Wolfman, Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster was inspired. Getting Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi and Glenn Strange to play the Terror Trio was just icing on the cake. This time around Bud and Lou play Chick Young and Wilbur Gray, a pair of railroad baggage clerks in LaMiranda, Florida, who have to deliver two large crates to MacDougal's House of Horrors. Inside are Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster, but of course they escape. To make things worse, Wilbur's beautiful girlfriend, Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert), is really a mad scientist who wants to put Wilbur's brain in the Monster. Fortunately, Lawrence Talbot (Chaney) has arrived from Europe on the trail of the monsters.

It is rather amazing how long this film goes with Wilbur being the only one to spot the monsters. The comedy in this movie is something of a departure for the comedy team, because it relies more on situational humor and not as much on the "Who's On First" word play. The scene pantomime scene with Lou on the Monster's lap is great, as is the final chase scene with the boys encountering one monster after another. "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" is the first and the best of the boy's comic team-ups, which does not deserve the reputation it has in some quarters for having made the Universal monsters creatures of ridicule. That might be true of later Abbott & Costello monster comedies, but the charge would be truer of "House of Dracula" than this film, which has the same respect for the monsters as does "Young Frankentstein." Trivia Note: While filming the scene where the Monster throws Sandra through the lab window, Strange was knocked over and broke his ankle. Chaney, who had played the Monster in "Ghost of Frankenstein," volunteered to step in and once again don the makeup and he is the one who re-shot the scene that appears in the movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Maidment on 10 Jun 2004
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The best bit about this film is the presence of horror legends Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr reprising their famous roles in this entertaining mix of genres.
Bungling incompetants Chic (Abott) and Wilbur (Costello) ham their way through as ever, but there are some really funny little moments, most notably when the duo explore Sandra's island castle and during Chaney's regular metamorphases into the wolfman, when he appears anything but a dangerous killer!
Horror purists may hate the fact that their favourites are cast alongside the comedy duo, but fans of both genres are in for a real treat. And at just over 70 minutes, modern film makers could learn a thing or two about fast-paced comedy capers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller on 21 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This 66 year-old comedy-horror film is in ANY-one's TOP 100 movies of ALL time.

The monsters play it straight, and Abbott & Costello do their normal absurd schtick!

PLEASE watch the Blu-ray in 3D. How d=i=d they know the [black&white] film would
look SO good in 3D? The scenes inside McDoogle's House of Horrors ARE fantastic!
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Format: DVD
When Universal decided enough was enough with their infamous monster movies of the 30s and 40s, they sent them off the best way they saw fit. By appearing in comedy films starring classic duo Abbot and Costello. In some ways it's fitting that to end the conveyor belt of horrors this was the way out. Just ham it up. Nowadays a remake kills the horror film franchise dead on its feet.

These films have their moments, indeed some of the comedy and slapstick humour was ahead of its time. Unfortunetly though some of it isn't, and repeated scenes in order to make us laugh don't always work.

The monsters play it straight which I suppose adds to the whole goofy fun of it all. Though you really couldn't blame Boris Karloff for refusing to be in the films thinking that they were making a mockery of what had gone before. Of course he is partially right. But history has been kind to these set of films. They are what they are- and take nothing away from the Universal monsters, in fact they add a little bit more myth to it all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 7 Sep 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Life is going swimmingly for deliveryman Wilbur Grey (played by Lou Costello), a good job and the attentions of a beautiful woman (Lénore Aubert). But, when he and Chick Young (Bud Abbott) deliver some new displays to a wax museum, they turn out to be Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi!) and Frankenstein's Monster (Glenn Strange). Dracula makes off with the Monster, leaving Wilbur and Chick in the hands of the police, charged with theft. But, Dracula's not through with Wilbur yet, he has something that Dracula wants...his brain. And, who is this strange man (Lon Chaney Jr.) who believes everything that Wilbur says? He has something to hide as well. [Black-and-white, released in 1948, with a running time of 1:23.]
OK! Let me start out by saying that this is a great movie! I love Abbott and Costello, and honestly think that this is the best movie that they have ever made. The story is very funny, and once the action gets going it is surprisingly gripping...but always funny. Plus, with Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Glenn Strange as Frankenstein's Monster, and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Werewolf, you cannot go wrong!
So, let me just sum up by saying that this is a great comedy, made by two of comedy's masters, and accompanied by three of Horror's greats. By the way, it is absolutely family-friendly, so order it today!
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