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'''''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/{{Abbott and Costello}} series of comedies.

Detaching itself from the continuity of the previous 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 (Lon Chaney, Jr.), [[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...

!!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 ''[[TooDumbToLive the other way]]'' and get a very nasty surprise.
* AffablyEvil: Dracula, especially in his "Dr. Lejos" persona.
* AffectionateParody: Of UniversalHorror.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{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:VincentPrice]] voices the final line of the film:
-->"Allow me to introduce myself: I'm [[spoiler:Film/{{the Invisible Man}}]]. 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.
* DeathSeeker: Surprisingly averted for a LawrenceTalbot movie. After spending the last three movies trying to find a permanent way to die, he's 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.
* 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.
* {{Fainting}}: Both Wilbur and Chick faint when they see Dracula turning from a bat to man in front of their eyes.
* FatAndSkinny: Of course.
* FightDracula: [[spoiler:The Wolf Man]] does this.
* 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.
* GhostButler: When Wilbur and Chick search the basement, the door closes behind them.
* HeroicSacrifice: Talbot gets one (possibly unintentional) when, as the Wolf Man, he leaps off the balcony to stop Dracula from getting away. Being [[DeathSeeker Larry]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Talbot]], he probably survived.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Wilbur and Chick. They even live in the same apartment together.
* HypnoticEyes: Dracula hypnotizes Sandra with his eyes to ensure her obedience. Then later bites her and drinks her blood to make absolutely sure.
* 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
* MadScientist: Sandra Mornay is both this and a HotScientist.
* MadScientistLaboratory
* MeaningfulName: Dracula's alias, Dr. Lejos. "Lejos" is Spanish for "far", and Talbot described Dracula as having a "faraway look in his eye".
* NameAndName: With a variation of a VersusTitle thrown in.
* NoIndoorVoice: [=McDougal=].
* NonIndicativeName [=/=] IAmNotShazam: They don't meet the ''actual'' Frankenstein, only his creation.
* 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 [[EvilIsPetty just to tick him off]].
* 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: "Chiiiiick!"
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Wilbur.
* SecretPassage: Wilbur stumbles into one accidentally.
* {{Slapstick}}: As would be expected in an AbbottAndCostello movie.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Naturally.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Wilbur and the Monster during the brainswitch operation.
* TapOnTheHead: When Steven starts asking too many questions, Sandra gives him a whack in the head with a fire extinguisher.
* TransformationSequence: Talbot turning into a werewolf and Dracula turning into a bat.
* 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:''' [[SelfDeprecation Why should I hurt my own feelings?]]
* VillainProtagonist: The Wolf Man.
* 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

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