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      Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

      Released Jun 15, 1948 1h 23m Comedy List
      90% Tomatometer 29 Reviews 85% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In the first of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's horror vehicles for Universal Pictures, the inimitable comic duo star as railway baggage handlers in northern Florida. When a pair of crates belonging to a house of horrors museum are mishandled by Wilbur (Lou Costello), the museum's director, Mr. MacDougal (Frank Ferguson), demands that they deliver them personally so that they can be inspected for insurance purposes, but Lou's friend Chick (Bud Abbott) has grave suspicions. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Nov 01 Buy Now

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      A zany horror spoof that plays up and then plays into the best of Universal horror cliches.

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      Kim Newman Empire Magazine A little bit of going through the motions with this horror spoof but fans will enjoy Rated: 3/5 Oct 16, 2007 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader This 1948 effort is probably the last of their watchable films, though it's a long way from their best. Oct 16, 2007 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times The notion of having these two clowns run afoul of the famous screen monster is a good laugh in itself. But take this gentle warning: get the most out of that one laugh while you can, because the picture, at Loew's Criterion, does not contain many more. Rated: 2/5 Aug 8, 2006 Full Review Howard Waldstein CBR Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is not a straight-up horror, per se, but it indeed boasts all of the necessary elements to be considered as such. Jun 27, 2023 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Were it not for the goofy leads, this could very well be yet another chapter in the series of classic monster mashups, which had fizzled out of theaters a few years prior. Rated: 7/10 Dec 7, 2020 Full Review M.V. Moorhead Phoenix Magazine Even those of us who find Bud and Lou's antics more dated than those of, say, Laurel and Hardy or the Marx Brothers, can still enjoy this one, because the monsters are a hoot. Jan 6, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sue H. How fun it is to see these older movies on the big screen. The physical humor and the subtleties come through strongly. And while in some A&C movies, Abbott is really mean to Costello, here the monsters take up so much of the action that the boys are more of a team. This is a great one to see with the whole family. One of A&C's movies that holds up best. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/24/22 Full Review Larry K Classic movie. The monsters are great. Loved this as a kid Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/16/24 Full Review Keith N This was the funniest horror movie I've seen. It definitely wasn't that scary, but it had a few tiny scary moments Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/30/23 Full Review Jeffrey M Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein is an amazing movie. I finished it just now so it is fresh in my head. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein was a really funny movie, and guess what? I LOVE comedy!!! I think that this movie was one of the first crossover movies ever. Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein was also a really interesting movie. I just watched Dracula, and the same Dracula actor was in the movie. He looked much much older than he did in 1931. What a good movie. I give this a 74%. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/24 Full Review Logan L It was so bad that it was funny. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/21/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best horror-comedy of all time is really fun and outrageously very funny and fun to see your favorite loveable Universal Monsters. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/26/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In the first of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's horror vehicles for Universal Pictures, the inimitable comic duo star as railway baggage handlers in northern Florida. When a pair of crates belonging to a house of horrors museum are mishandled by Wilbur (Lou Costello), the museum's director, Mr. MacDougal (Frank Ferguson), demands that they deliver them personally so that they can be inspected for insurance purposes, but Lou's friend Chick (Bud Abbott) has grave suspicions.
      Director
      Charles Barton
      Screenwriter
      Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grant
      Distributor
      MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Universal International Pictures, Universal Home Entertainment
      Production Co
      Universal International Pictures
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 15, 1948, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 23m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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