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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. Read Common Sense Media's Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein review, Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein to MacDougal's House of Horrors. to their castle so she can implant his brain in Frankenstein (Glenn Strange). or streaming: August 29, ; Cast: Bud Abbott, Lon Chaney Jr., Lou Costello. With Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi. Bela Lugosi and Jane Randolph in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein () Bela Lugosi in.
Frankenstein's notebook in Sandra's desk and Sandra finds Joan's insurance company employee ID in her purse. As the men and women prepare to leave for the ball, a suavely dressed Dr. Dracula introduces himself to Joan and the boys. Also working at the castle is the naive Prof. Stevens Charles Bradstreetwho questions some of the specialized equipment that has arrived. After Wilbur admits that he was in the basement, Sandra feigns a headache and tells Wilbur and the others that they will have to go to the ball without her.
In private, Sandra admits to Dracula that Stevens' suspicions, Joan's credentials, and Wilbur's snooping in the basement have made her nervous enough to put the experiment on hold.
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Dracula asserts his will by hypnotizing her and biting her in the neck in a continuity error, Dracula's reflection is visible in a mirror. Vampires do not have reflections, as stated in Dracula Everyone is now at the masquerade ball.
Talbot arrives and confronts Dr. Lahos, who is in costume as Dracula. Lejos easily deflects Talbot's accusations and takes Joan to the dance floor.
Sandra lures Wilbur to a quiet spot in the woods and attempts to bite him, but Chick and Larry approach and she flees. Wilbur escapes, but the Wolf Man attacks McDougal, who is also at the ball. Since Chick's costume includes a wolf mask, McDougal accuses Chick of attacking him out of revenge. Chick escapes and witnesses Dracula hypnotizing Wilbur. Chick is also hypnotized and rendered helpless, while Dracula and Sandra bring Wilbur and Joan back to the castle.
The next morning, Chick and Talbot, both fugitives, meet up in the bayou. Talbot confesses to Chick that he is indeed the Wolf Man. Chick explains that Dracula has taken Wilbur and Joan to the island and they agree to work together to rescue them. Wilbur is held in a pillory in the cellar. Sandra explains her plan to transplant his brain into the Monster.
When she and Dracula leave him to prepare the Monster for the operation, Chick and Talbot sneak in to set Wilbur and Stevens free. Dracula and Sandra return to the cellar and find Wilbur missing; Dracula easily recalls Wilbur and he soon finds himself strapped to an operating table in the lab. The Monster is on an adjacent table, receiving electric shocks. As Sandra brings a scalpel to Wilbur's forehead, Talbot and Chick burst in. Talbot pulls Sandra away from Wilbur and Chick unintentionally knocks her out while fending off Dracula with a chair.
Chick flees the lab, pursued by Dracula. Talbot is about to untie Wilbur when he once again transforms into the Wolf Man. Dracula returns to the lab and engages in a brief tug of war with the Wolf Man over Wilbur's gurney. Dracula flees and the Wolf Man gives chase. Chick returns to untie Wilbur just as the Monster, now at full power, breaks his restraints and climbs off his gurney.
Sandra attempts to command him, but the Monster picks her up and tosses her out the lab window to her death. Chick and Wilbur escape the lab and run from room to room with the Monster following them. Dracula, while fighting with the Wolf Man, attempts to escape by transforming into a bat.
The Wolf Man leaps, catches the bat and tumbles off a balcony onto the rocks below. Presumably, both are killed. Joan abruptly wakes from her trance and is rescued by Stevens. No matter, to millions of Abbott and Costello fans as well as millions of horror film fans, it will forever be known, even if incorrectly, as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Lou Costello wasn't exactly thrilled when he read the movie's original screenplay.
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About the only classic Universal monster they don't meet in this movie is the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The creature wouldn't come along until The boys would never meet the slimy gill-man in a feature film, but they would encounter him in one of their television appearances on The Colgate Comedy Hour in Oddly, Boris Karloff was never approached to play his signature role as Frankenstein.
Instead, Glenn Strange took on the title role. Karloff, however, did do publicity for the film and posed in publicity photos including a shot of him buying a ticket at the box office. He'd return to also co-star in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Ian Keith was considered for the role.
Keith had also been up for the role of the vampire Count in the original Dracula inlosing the lead to Lugosi. But, according to film historian Gregory W. Mank, Lugosi's manager met with the head of Universal and said rather dramatically"He is Dracula.
You owe this role to Lugosi. This was to be the second and final time Bela Lugosi was to play his most famous role as count Dracula in a feature film. Many movie fans mistakenly believe Bela played the count in many films, but this is untrue. The confusion derives from the fact that Lugosi did play vampires in several other movies, including Mark of the Vampire and Return of the Vampire He did play Dracula in a short, 's Hollywood Parade.
It was also, sadly, to be Bela's last film made with a major studio. The rest of his career was to consist of various appearances in B-movies like Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla and the legendary turkey Plan 9 from Outer Space One of the film's biggest laughs comes from an encounter between Costello and the tortured Talbot Chaney.
Vincent Price had an uncredited bit at the film's conclusion, playing the voice of the Invisible Man. During the film's production, one of the hardest things for Glenn Strange to do was keep a straight face. The necessary deadpan of Frankenstein was hard for him to sustain because of Lou Costello's constant funny ad-libs and reactions on different takes.