Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

“Every day is Halloween, isn’t it? For some of us.”—Tim Burton, director

When October arrived, I was excited to be able to officially do fall things, such as crunch leaves, incorporate Pumpkin Spice into my diet, and maybe even pull out a hoodie to wear in the cooler weather. After experiencing some 100+ degree heat yesterday and today (although I can’t complain because I stayed inside and blasted the air conditioner), I came to the conclusion I needed to watch something to remind me that Halloween is right around the corner. So I jumped ahead on my list of movies to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

The title of the movie is a bit misleading. Abbott and Costello never meet Frankenstein—they meet Frankenstein’s monster. And only briefly. Most of their time is spent with Dracula and Werewolf. Where’s a bag of bad blood or a silver bullet when you need one?

The plot is set into motion when the two goofballs of “who’s on first” fame get embroiled in a situation where classic movie monsters at a museum come back to life and reveal their ill intentions. Specifically, ornery Dracula wants to remove one of the comedy duo’s brains and place it in the head of Frankenstein’s monster. The finale of the film has bizarre similarities to the horror hit of 2017, Get Outwhich I loved. I don’t know if this gristly content fares as well for Abbott and Costello.

If I had to choose my favorite black-and-white Halloween comedy, I would still go with Young Frankenstein by a mile. Come to think of it, “black-and-white Halloween comedy” doesn’t seem like a very competitive genre…maybe those are the only two films that are in the running. Maybe I should keep watching colorful summer movies while I still can.

I’ll go hang my hoodie back up in the closet give it another week.

 

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