Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • NR
  • 1h 22m
  • 1948
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Abbott and Costello, as railroad baggage clerks, receive a strange shipment - the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. But this deadly duo is still very much alive. So when the shipment arrives at the House of Horrors, the Monsters are not in their crates but have disappeared to a secret hideaway island. Blamed for the disappearance, Abbott and Costello follow their trail to the island, where not only do they meet up with Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange), but a Mad Scientist (Charles Bradstreet) who wants to switch Costello's brain with that of the Monster. With everyone chasing each other, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) shows up to scare them all. In the end everything works out: Costello finds romance and the Monsters find their final resting places...or do they?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A zany horror spoof that plays up and then plays into the best of Universal horror cliches.
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

The notion of having these two clowns run afoul of the famous screen monster is a good laugh in it...

June 21, 2017
Movie Chambers
Paul Chambers

The first of three films to pair the comedy team with Universal's monsters. Moderately amusing.

June 25, 2017
Cinema Crazed
Felix Vasquez Jr.

A masterpiece filled with raucous laughs, great spooks, and a wicked final scene.

June 25, 2017
Creative Loafing
Matt Brunson

This is the best of the boys' efforts, allowing them to go for the nyuks yet never diminishing the...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic comedy-horror for older kids and teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein combines black and white '40s comedy with classic screen monsters, but may not translate well for children used to eye-dazzling special effects. It also might not appeal to younger children, who may become frightened of these classic screen monsters menacing lovable Costello. Older kids will identify with frightened Costello and enjoy the monster hijinx. Teens may laugh with (or at) the comedians and the monsters.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Horror
  • Release Date:August 20, 1948
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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