Realart theatrical re-release trailer for Universal Studios’ 1948 monster comedy cross-over, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
The 1948 Abbott and Costello comedic cross-over with the Universal Monsters was directed by Charles T. Barton. This was Barton’s fifth feature with the iconic comedy duo; he had directed the “The Time of their Lives” (1946), “Buck Privates Come Home” (1947), “The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap” (1947, w/ Marjorie Main) and “The Noose Hangs High” (1948).
This will mark Sven’s sixth showing of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” on Me-TV. He had previously shown the popular Universal monster farce back in Oct. 2011, Nov. 2013, Oct. 2014, April 2015 and Oct. 2016.
Who was in “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948)?
The players who appeared in Barton’s Universal monster comedy were Bud Abbott (as Chick Young), Lou Costello (as Wilbur Grey), Glenn Strange (as Frankenstein’s monster), Bela Lugosi (as Count Dracula), Lon Chaney, Jr. (as Lawrence “Larry” Talbot/the “Wolf Man”), Lenore Aubert (as Dr. Sandra Moray), Jane Randolph (as Joan Raymond), Frank Ferguson (as Mr. McDougal), Charles Bradstreet (as Dr. Stevens) and an uncredited voice-over cameo by a young Vincent Price (as a “monster” who makes a surprise appearance)*.
This would mark Glenn Strange’s third cinematic appearance as Frankenstein’s monster. He had previously played the role of Frankenstein’s monster in “House of Frankenstein” (1944) and “House of Dracula” (1945). This would be the second and final time that Bela Lugosi would portray the role of Count Dracula on the silver screen (according to IMDB).
The original working title for Bud and Lou’s encounter with the Universal monsters
According to Jeff Stafford’s article for Turner Classic Movies on “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” the original working title for the film was “The Brain of Frankenstein.” It was reported that Lou Costello was not fond of the original screenplay, but was encouraged by producer Robert Arthur to appear in the film (with the promise of Charles T. Barton as the director of the duo’s encounter with the Universal monsters).
One of the most expensive Abbott and Costello productions (and one of the most expensive Universal productions)
The production budget for “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” was $800,000; which was one of the most expensive Universal features at the time (according to additional details from Jeff Stafford’s TCM article).
Before Lugosi was cast (opposite Abbott and Costello)
Universal executives originally considered Broadway stage actor Ian Keith to play the role of Count Dracula. Lugosi’s agent demanded that studio officials re-cast Lugosi in his iconic role for the Abbott and Costello comedy, according to IMDB’s trivia section.
Animated elements from a famous cartoonist
Many of Lantz’s “car-tune” cartoons were released by Universal Studios (except for his 1947-49 United Artists output, according to animation historian Jerry Beck). Lantz’s animation team also worked on the animated visual effect where Bela Lugosi’s character of Count Dracula was transformed into a bat (and vice-versa), according to additional research from Stafford’s TCM article.
“Hey, Abbott and SvenPals!” Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With an ensemble cast of characters including Abbott, Costello, Strange, Lugosi, the junior Chaney, Aubert, Randolph, Ferguson, Broadstreet and Price, be sure to watch Svengoolie’s showcase of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) on Me-TV!
Don’t miss out on Bud and Lou’s first cross-over feature with the Universal monsters, along with Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ musical accompaniment and Kerwyn’s mail call!
Perfect for all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals, fellow fans of classic Universal monster films and vintage comedy! And again, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” is a wonderful “starter” film for those that have never watched Sven’s show before (highly recommended)!
*The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” will not divulge any secrets to Vincent Price’s surprise “monster” vocalization (listen closely during Sven’s big broadcast this Sat.)! -C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Join in on the fun by live-tweeting with fellow #Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast during Sven’s Sat. showcase of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” on Me-TV (via Twitter)!
Travel back in time with two “retro” posts from “Silver Screen Reflections” (on the 2015 Halloween big screen revival showing of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” at the Weinberg Center in Frederick and a detailed post on Svengoolie’s Oct. 2016 showing of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”)!
In relation to “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948):
“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) is also available on Blu-Ray and from Universal Studios Home Entertainment (the film is also available in Universal’s “Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters” multi-film DVD collection, “The Best of Abbott and Costello: Vol. 3” multi-film DVD set and “Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection” Blu-Ray and DVD film sets)