Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

Universal Released 1948




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Charles T. Barton
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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein combines humor and horror as the famed comic duo takes on the roles of Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello). The two are working as railroad baggage clerks when they discover the remains of Frankenstein's monster (Frank Ferguson) and Dracula (Bela Lugosi). Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) calls from London warning of the danger contained in the shipment for the McDougal House of Horrors. The clerks mishandle the shipment and awaken Dracula. He re-animates Frankenstein's monster, who needs a new brain to return to full strength. Dr. Sandra Mornay (L''nore Aubert) thinks she can successfully transplant a new brain, and Dracula decides Wilbur's would work nicely, ensuring the monster could be easily controlled. Talbot arrives from London and asks Chick and Wilbur to help him destroy Dracula and the monster. The 1948 film is the first of several to pit Abbott and Costello against classic horror film characters from the Universal film vault, with subsequent films bringing back Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man and the Mummy.


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  • QUOTES (16)

    • Wilbur: Well that's gonna cost you overtime because I'm a union man and I work only sixteen hours a day.
      McDougal: A union man only works eight hours a day.
      Wilbur: I belong to two unions.

    • Chick: I don't get it. Out of all the guys around here that classy dish has to pick out a guy like you.
      Wilbur: What's wrong with that?
      Chick: Go look at yourself in the mirror sometime.
      Wilbur: Why should I hurt my own feelings?

    • Larry: You don't understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf!
      Wilbur: You and twenty million other guys.

    • Chick: Get up on your feet. It's only a dummy.
      Wilbur: Dummy nothin'. It was smart enough to scare me.

    • Chick: People pay McDougal cash to come in here and get scared.
      Wilbur: I'm cheatin' him. I'm gettin' scared for nothin'.

    • Wilbur: You know that person you said there's no such person? I think he's in there... in person. I was reading this sign over here, "Dracula's Legend." All of a sudden I heard...
      Chick: That's the wind.
      Wilbur: It should get oiled.

    • Chick: You're making enough noise to wake up the dead!
      Wilbur: I don't have to wake him up. He's up.

    • Chick: I know there's no such person as Dracula. You know there's no such person as Dracula.
      Wilbur: But does Dracula know it?

    • Wilbur: I've got a date. In fact I've got two dates.
      Larry: But you and I have a date with destiny.
      Wilbur: Let Chick go with destiny.

    • Wilbur: I've had this brain for thirty years. It hasn't done me any good!

    • Chick: You know the old saying? Everything comes in threes. Now suppose a third girl should fall in love with you?
      Wilbur: What's her name?
      Chick: We'll say her name is Mary.
      Wilbur: Is she pretty?
      Chick: Beautiful!
      Wilbur: Naturally, she'd have to be.
      Chick: Now you have Mary, you have Joan, and you have Sandra. So, to prove to you that I'm your pal, your bosom friend, I'll take one of the girls off your hands.
      Wilbur: Chick, you're what I call a real pal... you take Mary.

    • McDougal: My name's McDougal, now where are my shipments?
      Wilbur: McDougal? I just got off the phone with you in London, how'd you get here so fast, did you shoot out of a cannon?

    • Joan: Oh, Wilbur, can't we both come along too?
      Wilbur: Yes, mon amour. That's Spanish.
      Chick: That's French.
      Wilbur: How do you like that, I speak French too.

    • Chick: What I'd like to know is, what does he got they I haven't got?
      Sandra: A brain.
      Wilbur: Oh, a brain.
      Chick: I'd like to know where it is.

    • Sandra: Look into my eyes! Don't you know what's going to happen now?
      Wilbur: I'll bite.
      Sandra: No, I will.

    • Dracula: And about the brain? I don't want to repeat Frankenstein's mistake and revive a vicious, unmanageable brute. This time the Monster must have no will of his own, no fiendish intellect to oppose his Master. (chooses Wilbur)

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Comedy, Horror


hostile monsters, supernatural forces, quirky characters, friendly monsters, for the child in you