June 15, 1948 in US cinemas: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

“The LAUGHS are MONSTERous! BUD & LOU are in a stew…when they tangle with the TITANS of TERROR!”

ABBOTT_AND_COSTELLO_MEET_FRANKENSTEIN-1948Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (the film’s poster title), usually referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein—is a 1948 American horror comedy film directed by Charles Barton and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.

The picture is the first of several films in which the comedy duo meets classic characters from Universal’s horror film stable. In this film, they encounter Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.). Subsequent films pair the duo with Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Mummy. (The comedians interacted with the last of the Universal Studios monsters, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, on live TV on the Colgate Comedy Hour in 1954.) This film is considered the swan song for the “Big Three” Universal horror monsters, none of whom had appeared in a Universal film since 1945’s House of Dracula.

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed this film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, and in September 2007, Readers Digest selected the movie as one of the top 100 funniest films of all time. The film is number 56th on the list of the “American Film Institute’s 100 Cinema-US-06-15-1948Funniest American Movies”. [Wikipedia]

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

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips YouTube Channel.

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