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Cast. Bud Abbott: Chick Young; Lou Costello: Wilbur Grey; Lon Chaney, Jr. Lawrence Talbot/The Wolf Man; Bela Lugosi: Dracula; Glenn Strange: The Monster. Yet, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is both a first-rate horror-comedy are the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange) and Dracula (Bela Lugosi) who is in . Cast: Bud Abbott (Chick Young), Lou Costello (Wilbur Grey), Lon Chaney, Jr . Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), better known as the Wolf Man, arrives on the scene to warn Costello and his pal Bud Abbott of Dracula's.
Instead, Glenn Strange took on the title role. Karloff, however, did do publicity for the film and posed in publicity photos including a shot of him buying a ticket at the box office. He'd return to also co-star in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr.
Ian Keith was considered for the role.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1/11) Movie CLIP - The Wolf Man Transforms (1948) HD
Keith had also been up for the role of the vampire Count in the original Dracula inlosing the lead to Lugosi. But, according to film historian Gregory W. Mank, Lugosi's manager met with the head of Universal and said rather dramatically"He is Dracula. You owe this role to Lugosi.
This was to be the second and final time Bela Lugosi was to play his most famous role as count Dracula in a feature film. Many movie fans mistakenly believe Bela played the count in many films, but this is untrue. The confusion derives from the fact that Lugosi did play vampires in several other movies, including Mark of the Vampire and Return of the Vampire He did play Dracula in a short, 's Hollywood Parade.
It was also, sadly, to be Bela's last film made with a major studio.
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The rest of his career was to consist of various appearances in B-movies like Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla and the legendary turkey Plan 9 from Outer Space One of the film's biggest laughs comes from an encounter between Costello and the tortured Talbot Chaney.
Vincent Price had an uncredited bit at the film's conclusion, playing the voice of the Invisible Man. During the film's production, one of the hardest things for Glenn Strange to do was keep a straight face.
The necessary deadpan of Frankenstein was hard for him to sustain because of Lou Costello's constant funny ad-libs and reactions on different takes.
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This becomes especially obvious in the scene where Lou is sitting on his lap, when we can easily see Strange trying desperately to keep from breaking up. Bobby Barber, a pal of Lou Costello, was around in his usual role as "court jester. Bela Lugosi was amused by Bobby's monkey business until it involved him. In the scene where Dracula Bela descends the stairs dramatically with cape pulled over his face, Barber walked behind Lugosi, mimicking his slow vampire gait.
The rest of the cast and crew broke up, but Bela was furious. Pie fights between takes occurred frequently during production. Remind Me Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein During the 's and early forties, Universal Studios rode the crest of a horror film craze that made them rich and famously established them as the home of Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy and other screen monsters.
But the fear factor was lost over time as their signature creatures were paraded through a series of inferior B-movie sequels. And in the minds of some horror film fans, the genre hit rock bottom with the release of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in Once capable of terrifying their audiences, the Universal monsters were now reduced to playing "straight men" to Abbott and Costello's slapstick antics.
Who could ever take them seriously again? Yet, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is both a first-rate horror-comedy that ranks as one of the comedy team's finest efforts and most profitable and an affectionate homage to the screen horrors who gave us nightmares as kids.
It not only marked Bela Lugosi's return to his original role of Dracula after 17 years the film had made him a star but it featured Lon Chaney, Jr. The tongue-in-cheek plot of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein features Bud and Lou as Chick and Wilbur, respectively, two railway porters who end up transporting a pair of mysterious crates to a wax museum. Together Dracula and Mornay plan to use the monster for their own nefarious purposes but he proves to be uncontrollable so they decide to give him a smaller brain.
And guess who the perfect donor is? Wilbur soon finds himself being alternately stalked by Dracula and seduced by Mornay with Chick oblivious to any danger until the duo is trapped in Dracula's castle. The only problem is that Talbot is as much a threat as Dracula or the Frankenstein monster during a full moon. The idea of Abbott and Costello parodying horror films certainly wasn't a highly original concept at the time Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was made. First, screenwriter Oscar Brodney The Glenn Miller Story, came up with a story outline and then Bertram Milhauser, who penned numerous Sherlock Holmes's films for Universal, delivered a more detailed treatment which recycled plot elements such as a search for some secret microfilm from his Sherlock Holmes in Washington screenplay.
That was abandoned in favor of a new scenario from writers Frederic I. We had two women - one was a heroine and one was a villain.
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And nobody could figure out why these two beautiful girls were after Costello. You're not serious about making it, are you? The making of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was highlighted by card games, exploding cigars, and daily practical jokes on the set. It was just Bud and Lou's way of battling boredom and having fun with the cast and crew.
Not everyone enjoyed the horseplay, however, according to Barton from Bela Lugosi: Master of the Macabre by Larry Edwards: You have to understand that working with two zanies like Abbott and Costello was not the normal Hollywood set. They never went by the script and at least once a day there would be a pie fight.