1948 Universal Pictures (during the studio’s “Universal-International” phase) trade ad for “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein.”
On Halloween afternoon, the Weinberg Center for the Arts kicked off their “Cinema Classic Series,” with a vintage favorite that delighted audiences of all ages.
“Bud Abbott & Lou Costello meet Frankenstein” (1948)
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’!”
Though Boris Karloff did not reprise his role as Frankenstein’s “monster” in this film, he appeared with Bud and Lou one year later in the 1949 film, “Abbott and Costello meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.” In 1953, Karloff would appear with the two again, in “Abbott and Costello meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
Other Universal horror tie-in films included “Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man” in 1951 and “Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy” in 1955.
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).
Complete list of the “Cinema Classics Movie Series” at The Weinberg Center for the Arts
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