[[caption-width-right:315:Our heroes are in a pickle now!]]

''Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein''[[note]](the official title is actually ''Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein'', but we're using the current one because it is more known)[[/note]] is a 1948 horror comedy. It is a {{crossover}} between Universal's MonsterMash horror films and Creator/AbbottAndCostello series of comedies.

Detaching itself from the continuity of the previous Franchise/UniversalHorror films, this movie centers around the cowardly Wilbur (Costello) and his [[StraightMan no-nonsense]] buddy Chick (Abbott) who work as baggage clerks. One day they receive an order to take two boxes, which have just come from London to the States, to [=McDougal's=] House of Horrors. The boxes contain the remains of Count {{Dracula}} (Creator/BelaLugosi) and FrankensteinsMonster (Glenn Strange), who are in fact alive and soon escape the place.

Dracula arranged this little charade to come abroad in hopes of getting a new brain for, and thus restoring, the Monster. He is working with scientist Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert) to accomplish this task, and she has found the perfect candidate for the "donation": Wilbur.

But that's not all; Larry Talbot (Creator/LonChaneyJr), [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 The Wolf Man]] himself, joins our heroes to stop Dracula. Too bad that he happens to turn into a werewolf at most inappropriate times...

One of the favorite films of Creator/QuentinTarantino, who's noted that its successful [[GenreBuster genre-blending]] helped inspire his own style.
!!Here's something to laugh at:

* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: At one point Chick and Wilbur slam a door in the face of Frankenstein's Monster and try barricading it. Alas, they forgot that it opened ''the other way'' and get a very nasty surprise.
* AffablyEvil: Dracula, especially in his "Dr. Lejos" persona.
* AffectionateParody: Of Franchise/UniversalHorror, while at the same time remaining within the (very loose) canon of the 1930s-40s series.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Done by Creator/WalterLantz, of WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker fame.
* AsideGlance: At one point while fleeing from the Monster, Wilbur pulls off a successful TableclothYank, which leads to him briefly grinning at the audience with a pleased "ta-daa!" expression before remembering himself and fleeing again.
* AssholeVictim: [=McDougal=], who is bitten by the Wolf Man, but lives.
* TheAtoner: After spending the last three movies trying to find a permanent way to die, Larry Talbot has finally given up and decided that since he can't die or be cured, he'll spend his days hunting other monsters, hoping to balance out the murders he'll inevitably commit by taking out Dracula and his ilk.
* AxeBeforeEntering: The Monster breaking through a door.
* BehindTheBlack: When Wilbur finds the secret room with the Monster and Dracula in it, he doesn't notice anything at first because of this.
* BerserkButton: Wilbur cracking "wolf" jokes is this to Talbot.
* BigBadEnsemble: Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolf Man, although Dracula is the true BigBad.
* BigDamnHeroes: Larry's transformation occurs just in time to fight off Dracula.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Almost every scene involving a monster had to be removed before the Australian film board would allow its release.
* BreakingTheBonds: The Monster breaks his operating table bonds in the climax.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Creator/VincentPrice]] voices the final line of the film:
-->"Allow me to introduce myself: I'm [[spoiler:Film/TheInvisibleMan]]. Hahahahaha!"
** While the duo actually would encounter [[spoiler:an Invisible Man]] in a 1951 movie, it would be a different character and actor, keeping this from being a true SequelHook.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: Chick attempts to hit Dracula with a chair in the climax, but hits Sandra instead. Later Dracula picks up one when he is fighting Wolf Man.
* {{Corpsing}}: The scene where Costello is unknowingly sitting on the monster's lap had to be re-shot many times because Glenn Strange couldn't stop cracking up. Even in the finished version, you can see him starting to smile as he gets up to chase Costello. Outtakes showing Strange laughing have survived.
* CrossoverPunchline: The movie ends with [[spoiler: the Invisible Man appearing.]]
* DemBones: Our heroes are portrayed as skeletons in the animated opening sequence.
* DestinationDefenestration: The Monster throws Sandra through a window in the climax.
* {{Diary}}: Dr. Frankenstein's diary makes an appearance yet again.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Sandra, Dracula and the Wolf Man.
* TheDragon: The Monster and Sandra are this to Dracula.
* DudeNotFunny: Larry Talbot's reaction to Chick putting on a Wolf Man mask at the costume ball.
* {{Fainting}}: Both Wilbur and Chick faint when they see Dracula turning from a bat to man in front of their eyes.
* FakeShemp: Glenn Strange suffered a leg injury during production (likely one reason he spends a lot of time shown sitting or lying down in this film). For the scene in which the Monster throws Sandra out the window, Lon Chaney (who had previously played the Monster in ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein'') put on the make-up and the suit and did the shot in his place.
* FatAndSkinny: Did we mention this is Abbott and Costello?
* FightDracula: [[spoiler:The Wolf Man]] does this in the climax.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: When Dracula joins the costume party where our protagonists have gone, he is dressed as a ClassicalMovieVampire.
* ForeignRemake: There's two; The Egyptian ''Haram Alek'' and the Mexican ''Frankenstein, el Vampiro y Compañía''.
* FurAgainstFang: Wolf Man's brief fight with Dracula.
* GenreBusting: A {{Slapstick}} MonsterMash.
* GhostButler: When Wilbur and Chick search the basement, the door closes behind them.
* GrandFinale: It may not have been intended this way, but this ended up being the final entry in the "main" Franchise/UniversalHorror series that had begun in 1931 with the original ''Dracula'' and ''Frankenstein'' films. Although Universal Horror movies continued to be produced with characters like The Mummy - who got his own A&C film a few years later - those films had no narrative connection to the Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man films. as such this marks the final canonical appearance of the versions of Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Monster as originally played by Lugosi, Chaney and (initially) Boris Karloff.
* HeroicSacrifice: Talbot gets one (possibly unintentional) when, as the Wolf Man, he leaps off the balcony to stop Dracula from getting away. Being Larry Talbot, he probably survived.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Wilbur and Chick. They even live in the same apartment together.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: ''Lou'', of all people, does this to [[FrankensteinsMonster the Monster]] when they first meet.
* HypnoticEyes: Dracula hypnotizes Sandra with his eyes to ensure her obedience. Then later bites her and drinks her blood to make absolutely sure. Sandra attempts it on Wilbur, but he's TooDumbToFool.
%%* ItWasHereISwear: Basis of many gags.
%%* JerkAss: [=McDougal=].
* KillItWithFire: In the end when Frankenstein's Monster is occupied with throwing stuff at escaping Wilbur and Chick, Stevens sets the pier on fire with gasoline, thus burning the Monster.
* LightmareFuel: For all the monsters who show up, the movie is pretty lighthearted.
* MadScientist: Sandra Mornay is both this and a HotScientist.
* MadScientistLaboratory: Dr. Mornay sets one up in the House of Dracula.
* MeaningfulName: Dracula's alias, Dr. Lejos. "Lejos" is Spanish for "far", and Talbot described Dracula as having a "faraway look in his eye".
* MonsterMash: Abbott and Costello meet not only the Frankenstein monster but Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, a brain-swapping mad scientist, and a cameo from [[spoiler:the Invisible Man]]-- with most of the action taking place in the House of Dracula!
* NameAndName: With a variation of a VersusTitle thrown in.
%%* NoIndoorVoice: [=McDougal=].
* NonIndicativeName [=/=] IAmNotShazam: They don't meet the ''actual'' Frankenstein, only his creation. At least the dialogue is careful to identify him as "the Frankenstein monster," but this doesn't carry over to the title.
* OnlySaneMan: Poor Larry Talbot. Everyone else in the movie is either evil or an idiot. Naturally, they all think he's nuts... except for Dracula, who knows the truth, but acts like ''he'' thinks Talbot is nuts just to tick him off.
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: The on-screen title is "Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein," but it's better known as "Abbott and Costello..."
* RoleReprisal: While he played other vampires, this is the only time that Bela Lugosi explicitly recreated the role that he made famous in ''[[Film/{{Dracula 1931}} Dracula]]'' (1931).
* SayMyName: Wilber repeatedly screams "Chiiiiick!"
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: Neither Wilbur nor Chick is smart enough to suspect that the multiple gorgeous women coming onto Wilbur, of all people, might possibly have ulterior motives. (Joan is working as an insurance investigator, and Sandra wants [[spoiler: to steal his brain for the Frankenstein Monster.]])
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Poor Wilbur does this many times, inevitably leading to YouHaveToBelieveMe.
* SecretPassage: Wilbur stumbles into one accidentally.
* {{Slapstick}}: As would be expected in an Creator/AbbottAndCostello movie.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Very much on the comedy side of things, with Bud and Lou hamming it up and wisecracking to perfection, but the Franchise/UniversalHorror monsters are quite real and played just as straight as in their own movies, so there are several genuinely scary moments.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: You remember this is an Abbott and Costello movie, right?
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Wilbur and the Monster during the brainswitch operation.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Monster has the ability to speak again.
* TapOnTheHead: When Steven starts asking too many questions, Sandra gives him a whack in the head with a fire extinguisher.
* TermsOfEndangerment: AffablyEvil "Dr. Lejos" compliments Wilbur by telling him, "What we need today is young blood and brains!" He also advises him to "Make the most of life, while it lasts."
* TransformationSequence: Talbot turning into a werewolf and Dracula turning into a bat.
%%* VillainProtagonist: The Wolf Man.
* WeMeetAgain: Talbot says this to Dracula when they meet at the costume party. Dracula feigns ignorance.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Chick's reaction to Sandra choosing Wilbur as a "boyfriend" early on.
-->'''Chick:''' I don't get it. Out of all the guys around here, that classy dish has to pick out a guy like you.
-->'''Wilbur:''' What's wrong with that?
-->'''Chick:''' Go look at yourself in the mirror sometime.
-->'''Wilbur:''' Why should I hurt my own feelings?
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Talbot attacks somebody, and the guy lives through it. We never find out if he becomes a wolf himself, though. (In fact, throughout the movies we never find out if Talbot's bite transfers the curse; his wolf form is substantially different than the one that bit him, and it's not clear that he can pass it on.)
** The last time we see Talbot, he's falling off a cliff fighting Dracula. The movie doesn't bother to indicate what happens after they land. However, the 1998 novel ''Literature/ReturnOfTheWolfman'' eventually answered both questions. [[spoiler:[=McDougal=] became a murderous werewolf, and both Talbot and Dracula survived their fall. So did the Frankenstein's monster.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: The Monster could not care less what gender Sandra is. Having a female villain die - and rather horrifically, too - was rather rare for 1940s cinema, so this also applies to the movie in general.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe:
** Poor Wilbur spends a good bit of the movie trying to convince Chick that he's seeing the monsters.
** And, of course, Larry Talbot trying to convince Chick and Wilbur that he's the Wolf Man.
* YourOtherLeft: As they're escaping the castle, Chick tells Wilbur to run to the Left. Wilbur pauses, considers his hands, turns and runs smack into the wall.