Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein () - Rotten Tomatoes
With Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi. Frankenstein ( ) Lon Chaney Jr. and Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein .. The other members of the cast are just as good, and Bela gives a tour-de force. Bud Abbott as Chick Young; Lou Costello as Wilbur Grey; Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence "Larry" Talbot / the Wolf Man · Béla Lugosi as Count. Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Rinaldo and John Grant Cinematographer: Charles Van Enger Country of Origin: The actual script for what would become Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein went through several transformations.
Rinaldo and Robert Lees, who would later say: 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. Producer Robert Arthur later recalled: Principal photography began on February 5 and ran through March 20, All I have to do is frighten the boys, a perfectly appropriate activity.
As director Barton would later say: 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.
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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. An infamous story from filming also involved Strange who, during the scene in the laboratory where the Monster comes after Chick and Wilbur after throwing Sandra through the window, stepped on a camera cable, causing the camera to fall and break some bones in his foot.
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. 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.