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One of the best horror movie spoofs featuring this famous duo in one of their best comedies. The "boys" play shipping company employees charged with handling the delivery of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) & Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange) artifacts to Frank Ferguson's museum. abbot costello frankenstein posterAbbott is upset that Costello has a beautiful girlfriend (LĂ©nore Aubert) who only really wants the dim-wit's brain - she and Dracula have a plan to restore the monster. The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) warns the duo but has problems of his own given the full moon. An attractive insurance investigator (Jane Randolph) and a duped professor (Charles Bradstreet) also figure in the story as does Vincent Price (uncredited) the voice of the Invisible Man.

Director: Charles Barton
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi , Glenn Strange, Lenore Aubert, Jane Randolph
Run Time: 83m
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Rating: G

Review

by Charles Tatum

Abbott and Costello also meet the Wolfman and Dracula in this amusing horror comedy.

Chick (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello) are freight handlers at a delivery company. McDougal (Frank Ferguson) drops by to get his new crates for his house of horrors. They contain the bodies of Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange) and Dracula (Bela Lugosi). A Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) calls from London to try to stop the delivery, but Chick and Wilbur agree to take the crates to McDougal's.

Chubby Wilbur also has a beautiful girlfriend, the exotic Sandra (Lenore Aubert). Chick and Wilbur take the crates in, but the monsters come alive and escape. McDougal calls in insurance investigator Joan (Jane Randolph), who also takes a shine to Wilbur. Talbot arrives from Europe, during the full moon, and promptly turns into a werewolf.

Sandra works for Dr. Stevens (Charles Bradstreet), whose presence in this film is the weakest part of the story. As Dracula begins putting different cast members under his control, we find out Sandra is working with the undead in order to get Wilbur's brain for the Monster. A funny climax ensues, as the three monsters finally meet in Dracula's castle, as Chick and Wilbur try to escape.

Despite the goofy nature of the film, it is funnier than a ton of junk out there today. Lou Costello is a riot, and Bud Abbott proves he was the best straight man who ever lived. Lugosi is not given that much to do, but the makeup effects on all three monsters is wonderful. The late 1940's special effects are silly fun. The direction is a little standard, but the likable comedy team makes up for the film's short comings. A final "cameo appearance" is the last scene is truly classic.

Abbott and Costello made a lot of these types of films, but this one might be the best. I highly recommend it.

 

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