Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Reviewed

Probably the best of the A&B Meets series. Universal went through a period of tossing all of their horror idols in one film for maximum bankability. It probably works best here, countered with the comedic antics. Costello tries to keep his brain safe from Dracula who wants to plop it into Frankenstein’s monster. This was the first time Bela played Dracula since the original film in 1931. Lon Chaney is the Wolf Man and his benevolent alter ego, Lyle Talbot, who tries to help. With the monsters wisely playing things straight, the comedy has more resonance than it might have otherwise, making this the great granddaddy of movies like Ghostbusters, over three decades later. ** ½

~ by Number5ive on November 16, 2008.

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