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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948

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Arguably, this is it — the very best Abbott and Costello movie there is. The boys are in top form, and they get to play off a scenario that is not, at least at the time of the making of this film, threadbare. They get an actual story, into which their antics fit naturally.

It may seem weird, but I really don’t have a lot to say about this one. It’s very funny, there’s some good scares (of the old, Universal Horror type, not the bloody dismemberment type), and all in all a great deal of fun. (Especially Vincent Price’s cameo at the end.) Bela Lugosi plays Dracula for the second and final time and, despite looking incredibly old (it is some seventeen years after Dracula, after all), acquits himself as well as ever, with class and some very dry humor.

This movie, if nothing else, is the reason to by the Best of Abbott and Costello, Vol. 3 collection. It works on every level.


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