|Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur
Grey (Lou Costello) are two baggage clerks at a Florida train station,
who receive a strange shipment for the local horror museum, of the
remains of Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein (Glenn Strange).
Far from dead, these monsters, plus a few other co-horts, lead /
pursue these hapless clerks on a wild chase, giving them a scary
adventure, on this "comedy-horror ride."
This "fabulous farce"of a screenplay,
by Robert Lees, Frederic Rinaldo, and John Grant, is considered
not only the best Abbott and Costello classic comedy, but also
one of the finest mixes of horror and humor, ever created. The
laughs and thrills come "a mile a minute," as Bud and
Lou attempt to keep one step ahead of the movie's most memorable
monsters, from the animated opening credits to the clever closing
gag, featuring the voice of Vincent Price, as "The Invisible
The monsters offer a scary contrast to the comic
duo, Bud and Lou. Bela Lugosi recreates his original scary role
as Dracula, Glenn Strange does a good job as the ailing Frankenstein,
and Lon Chaney, Jr. breathes life into the character of the cursed
Wolfman. Dracula, who wants to save the life of his friend, Frankenstein,
comes up with a plan; he creates a female vampire to lure Bud
to the island, so Bud's simple brain can be transplanted to Frankenstein.
Luckily, Lou and friends are hot on the trail, and the resulting
chase on and off the island becomes: Dracula vs. Frankenstein,
Frankenstein vs. The Wolfman, and Abbot and Costello vs. them
all, in this "unbeatable combination of excitement and hilarity."
If you enjoyed ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN,
you may like ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY, ABBOTT &
COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET DR.
JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN