Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
 


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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Friday Only!  October 5,     7:30pm
Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and an All-Star Cast

 

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

 

Like many film franchises that are perceived to have played out their relevance - and their profitability - studios have been known to create comedic versions of them in order to churn out one more hit.  This seemed to be the strategy of Universal Studios and their stable of iconic horror monsters.

 

Few of these final stabs, as it were, ever paid off.  In the case of Abbott & Costello however, the result was a comedic gem so memorable that it became Universal's 2nd biggest hit of the year despite being the 2nd cheapest film that it produced.  In 2001, it was added to the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, and in 2007, a Reader's Digest Poll included this movie as one of the top 100 funniest films of all time.

 

Even Lou Costello wasn't convinced that this movie would be worth the film that it was printed on, declaring, "No way I'll do that crap. My little girl could write something better than this." A $50,000 advance in salary and the signing of director Charles Barton, the comedy team's good friend and the man whom some call their best director, convinced him otherwise.

 

Ian Keith was originally considered for the role of Count Dracula, a part he was up for in the original 1931 horror classic, because Universal originally wasn't interested in hiring Bela Lugosi. According to the dvd's audio commentary by film historian Gregory W. Mank, Lugosi's manager met with the head of Universal and shamed him into giving Lugosi the role by saying, "He IS Dracula! You owe this role to Lugosi!"  The studio relented, and while, Lugosi did go on to play 'similar' vampiric roles, this would be his final turn as the original Count Dracula.

 

Even though actors Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr. and Glenn Strange all reprise their roles from earlier films, this particular film is not considered to be part of the continuous storyline from those movies. Therefore, there was no need to explain, for example, why Larry Talbot is still a werewolf after having been cured in House of Dracula (1945).

 

Friday Only! October 5   7:30


1948 Unrated | Runtime 1 Hour 23 Minutes