“Svengoolie” (Rich Koz) will be presenting “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” this Sat. night at 10/9 Central on Me-TV.
Iconic Chicago/Berwyn-based horror film host Svengoolie will showcase the comedic duo’s 1948 horror farce this Sat., Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
Featuring the legendary comedic team of Bud Abbott (as Chick Young) and Lou Costello (as Wilbur Grey), the duo’s encounter with the Universal monsters include Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s monster, Bela Lugosi (in his second and last portrayal) as Count Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot/The “Wolf Man.”
It was directed by Charles Barton, who also directed Abbott & Costello (as a team) in the 1947 sequel to “Buck Privates,” “Buck Privates Come Home.” One of the other Barton films that the duo appeared in was the 1948 comedy-horror classic, “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
A slight difference from other Abbott & Costello films
This film is a little different than the typical Abbott and Costello comedy. In “The Time of Their Lives,” the comedic duo portrays individual characters, instead of their usual comedic skit roles as pals.
Set in the mid-1940s, two cursed Revolutionary War-era ghosts, Horatio Prim (Costello) and Melody Allen (Reynolds) haunts the Danbury Manor estate. Psychologist Ralph Greenway (Costello), a descendant of Cuthbert Greenway (the man that convicted Horatio, who was wrongfully sentenced to death for treason 160+years before) is tormented and fooled by the ghosts. A perfect blend of chaos, hilarity and unique visual effects are showcased in this film.
Was not a success during its general theatrical release in 1946
The film did not do well during its general release in 1946, due in part to Abbott and Costello not performing their standard routine, which they returned to in “Buck Privates Come Home.” In later years, the film has been rediscovered and appreciated by fans of vintage comedic cinema.
“The Time of Their Lives,” along with Svengoolie’s skits, is a perfect way to kick off the weekend.
Svengoolie Presents: “The Time of Their Lives” (1946)
Sat., Mar. 18 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central
Me-TV Network (in the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area on WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204 and in the Baltimore area on WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208).
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Ticket for the revival screening of “Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein” (1948), which was shown at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Halloween afternoon, Oct. 31.
Over 100 spectators in the Frederick area, young and old enjoyed the comic antics of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, along with three iconic characters in Universal’s horror franchise.
“Who’s on first?“ I mean… who’s in it?
In addition to the comedy duo, the film featured Lon Chaney, Jr. as the “Wolf Man,” Bela Lugosi as “Count Dracula” (this was his only other Universal feature film reprisal as the vampire) and Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s “monster.”
“Wait… there’s more than just ‘A&C meet Frankenstein’!”
Photo of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, featuring “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
Why it looked great on the “big screen:”
“Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein” is the best of the duo’s pairings with the Universal “monster” characters. The film brought lots of laughter and chills to theatergoers at the Weinberg Center on Halloween afternoon, Oct. 31.
It is an entertaining motion picture for lovers of classic comedy and horror movies. Highly recommended (if you missed out on seeing it on the big screen)!
Can’t get enough of “Abbott & Costello?”
Me-TV airs two vintage episodes of the comedy duo’s 1952-57 TV show, “The Abbott and Costello Show,” which airs Sunday mornings at 6:00 a.m. Eastern/5:00 a.m. Central (in the Washington/Frederick, Maryland area, Me-TV is on WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204, and in the Baltimore area on WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208).
Don’t want to get up early to watch “Abbott and Costello?”Don’t worry-Hulu.com has select episodes from the first and second seasons of the show (under license from the heirs of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello).