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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

(aka: The Brain of Frankenstein)



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Abbott and Costello's best film is Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, the first time Abbott and Costello were put up against Universal's distinguished line of movie monsters. Not only does the comic duo face Frankenstein's monster but Dracula and the Wolf Man as well. This odd collision of universes injected some freshness back into Abbott and Costello's film career, and the monsters (all three played by actors who had played them in the proper series: Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., and Glenn Strange) are not compromised by directly participating in the slapstick shenanigans themselves. Follow-up Abbott and Costello Meets films never quite reproduced the success had here, but how could they? It was done right the first time.

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