After the end of World War II, the public wasn't frightened as much by the thought of undead monsters or monster movies, in general. This is because, with the invention of the atom bomb and the onset of the Cold War, people were more terrified of the dangers of real life. This is when Universal decided to revamp their classic monsters for a comedic purpose. In the center of these films beside the monsters were the most important comedy duo of the 1940's, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. This duo did a whole host of movies in which they meet the monsters of Universal Studios. The best known of these films is Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. This movie features Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man for the 5th and final time. It also features Glenn Strange, returning as the Frankenstein Monster, and Bela Lugosi finally reprises his role as Count Dracula, the role that made him a movie star 17 years prior.
|The Legendary Comedy Duo, Abbott and Costello|
|Wilbur is so shocked, he can't react.|
After getting out of jail, Wilbur and Chick are met by Jane Raymond (Jane Randolph), an insurance agent in charge of finding the exhibits, and Larry Talbot, who had tracked Dracula and the Monster from Europe. The four go to a "masquerade ball" and the house of Baron Leighos (actually Dracula). After attempting to look for Dracula and the Monster with Chick, Wilbur is captured and told of the plan to transplant his brain into the Monster by Sandra. After a failed escape by Wilbur, with the help of Chick and Talbot, the Monster is revived and begins destroying everything in his path. Wilbur and Chick attempt to escape, only to be followed by the Monster.
|Lugosi's curtain call as Count Dracula|
Talbot turns into the Wolf Man and begins to fight Dracula. While trying to turn into a bat to escape, the Wolf Man grabs him and jumps out the window into the ocean. Meanwhile, Wilbur and Chick manage to escape the castle and find a boat that will take them to safety. The Monster, still pursuing the two men, is brought to an end by Joan, who burns down the pier, making the Monster fall into the ocean, presumably dying. With all the commotion over, Wilbur is angry at Chick and says that he should believe him more often. Just then, the two hear a voice (Vincent Price) that says, "Allow me to introduce myself. I am the Invisible Man." The two turn around to see a cigarette seemingly floating in midair. Terrified, Wilbur and Chick jump out of the boat and swim away as the Invisible Man laughs.
|The three legendary monsters, one final time.|
I give Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein an effortless 5 out of 5.