The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster film host will present his big broadcast showcase of the classic Universal monster farce, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948); this Sat., May 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV (part of Sven’s “Monstrous May” festival showcase of classic Universal “Frankenstein” monster films).
The final feature in Sven’s Sat. “Monstrous May” tribute to classic Universal “Frankenstein” monster films on Me-TV will be “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942, on May 25).
The 1948 classic Universal Monster-Abbott & Costello farce was directed by veteran Abbott & Costello feature film director Charles T. Barton. Barton’s other films with Bud and Lou were “The Time of their Lives” (1946), “Buck Privates Come Home” (1947), “The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap” (1947, w/ Marjorie Main of “Ma and Pa Kettle” fame) and “The Noose Hangs High” (1948, one of the duo’s few non-Universal comedies).
This will mark Sven’s eighth big broadcast showcase presentation of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) on Me-TV’s airlanes. He had previously shown the celebrated Universal monster/Abbott & Costello classic comedy from coast-to-coast back in Oct. 2011*, Nov. 2013, Oct. 2014, April 2015, Oct. 2016, Nov. 2017 and Oct. 2018.
“Who’s on first?” Who was in “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948)?
The actors who appeared in “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) were Bud Abbott (as Chick Young), Lou Costello (as Wilbur Grey), Glenn Strange (in his third Universal screen feature appearance as Frankenstein’s monster; he previously played the role of Frankenstein’s monster in Erle C. Kenton‘s “House of Frankenstein” in 1944 and Kenton’s “House of Dracula” in 1945), Bela Lugosi (in his second and final Universal feature screen appearance as Count Dracula in a Universal feature; he previously played Count Dracula in Tod Browning’s landmark Universal screen monster adaptation of “Dracula” in 1931), Lon Chaney Jr. (in his fifth Universal screen monster feature appearance as Lawrence/Larry “Wolf Man” Talbot; he previously played the role in George Waggner‘s “The Wolf Man” in 1941, Roy William Neil‘s “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” in 1943, 1944’s “House of Frankenstein” and 1945’s “House of Dracula”), Lenore Aubert (as Dr. Sandra Mornay), a non-credited vocal cameo by a young Vincent Price (as a “surprise” Universal monster) Jane Randolph (as Joan Raymond), Bobby Barber (in an uncredited role as a waiter), Charles Bradstreet (as Dr. Stevens), Frank Ferguson (as Mr. McDougal) and Harry Brown (in an non-credited role as a photographer).