“You know that person you said there’s no such person? I think he’s in there… in person.”
The bodies of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) come to life after being delivered to a wax museum, and freight handlers Abbott and Costello are caught up in the commotion that ensues. Werewolf Lon Chaney arrives on the scene to try to prevent Dracula from implanting Costello’s brain into the monster, but is hampered by his troublesome lycanthropy.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Abbott and Costello Films
- Bela Lugosi Films
- Lon Chaney, Jr. Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary writes, while “smug critics often refer to this title to indicate just how low both Universal’s top comedy team and its famous monsters had sunk by 1948”, they’re “wrong on both counts” — indeed, this comedic horror flick is widely considered by most Abbott and Costello fans to be their “finest picture”, given that “their interplay is particularly sharp, [and] their routines are strikingly funny.” Peary points out that it’s “one of the few films to deftly combine horror and comedy,” and notes that horror fans will “appreciate the nifty special effects and make-up” and “find the monsters appropriately frightening.” Refreshingly, the diverse cast of monsters — playing it “straight”, as though they’re in a horror film rather than a comedy — are “treated with respect and affection.”
- Atmospheric sets and cinematography
Yes. While it’s not my favorite Abbott and Costello flick (see my reviews of The Naughty Nineties and Buck Privates instead), it’s widely considered to be one of their best movies, and is certainly a highly creative “fusion” venture.