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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In a scene set immediately after Talbot first shows up, Chick and Wilbur walk into his room the morning after he wolfs out and find it completely wrecked. Chick comments, "Man, what a bender he was on!" In Real Life, Lon Chaney Jr. had a drinking problem and, according to the film commentary, spent his weekends getting drunk and getting into room-smashing brawls with a friend.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: Meta example. According to the commentary, despite Bud and Lou's notorious tempers off screen, they never subjected the three monsters to any of their tantrums, since they respected them so much. They clowned around with them, but never fought with them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Vincent Price's cameo in the end is even funnier now than it was back then. While Price had starred in The Invisible Man Returns several years earlier, it was a one-off and Price was not known at the time as a horror film star. It would be another five years after this movie before he was cast in another horror film (House of Wax), and it would be another five years after that before he began to regularly star in them. Today, Price's cameo feels like the passing of the torch from one generation of horror film stars to the next.
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  • I Am Not Shazam: Aside from the title, Wilbur calls the Monster "Frankie" when he tries to reason with it, but otherwise averted, as characters who should know better (such as Dracula) refer to the Monster as "Creature" or such.
  • Older Than They Think: Believe it or not, this isn't the first time Bela Lugosi played Dracula in a comedic work. He did so earlier in the 1933 Paramount short film Hollywood on Parade No. A-8, where he menaced Betty Boop.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Vincent Price as the Invisible Man.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Dracula's transformations are genuinely impressive pieces of animation.


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