Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
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It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a "simple, pliable" brain with which to reactivate Frankenstein's creature (Glenn Strange). The "ideal" brain belongs to the hapless Lou Costello, whom the lady doctor woos to gain his confidence and lure him to the operating table. 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 nefarious schemes. Throughout the film, the timorous Costello witnesses the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 1948 effort is probably the last of their watchable films, though it's a long way from their best."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"While the the film is representative of the absolute worst of Universal horror... it is one of the very best Abbott and Costello vehicles."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The comedy duo's finest onscreen hour comes in the shape of this wonderful horror spoof which also unites all of Universal's scariest horror heroes under the same cinematic roof."
‑ , Film4
"THE best of Abbott and Costello's zany films, this time with Lugosi and Chaney playing their monsters seriously, which makes A&C's reactions hilarious."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"One of the funniest comedies in the couple's long series of films that use Universal's classic horrors."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Well-constructed and satisfyingly low"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A little bit of going through the motions with this horror spoof but fans will enjoy"
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Classic horror movie spoof."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A classic mixture of horror and comedy, one of the best in this genre and one of A&C's finest moments."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This is the best of the boys' efforts, allowing them to go for the nyuks yet never diminishing the standing of the classic Universal Studios monsters that figure in its plot."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's ridiculous, of course, but the combination of classic monsters, dizzy sets and some of Bud and Lou's funniest bits make it a keeper."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"After this film's considerable success at the box office, Abbott and Costello made seven more pictures in which they 'met' Hollywood monsters, but none were as lively and entertaining as this one."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The best of all the 35 Abbott and Costello movies made between 1940 and 1956."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is one of the best of all the Abbott and Costello features."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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