CEMS Meets Lou Costello

Bela Lugosi & Lou Costello in ‘Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein is a hilarious film! This film originated in 1948 and is a hilarious comedy. Bud Abbott plays Chick, and Lou Costello plays Wilbur (not the pig). The studio is Universal and had an estimated budget of 800,000 dollars.

The story is about two friends (Chick and Wilbur) going on an adventure with the monsters of Dracula, Frankenstein, and a Werewolf. Wilbur is a little funny guy that has a date (or two) that has a lot that Wilbur doesn’t know about. Chick thinks that the women are crazy because of their choice in men. Chick is a taller serious fellow who could be classified as the leader. Their adventure starts off when they get a mysterious call all the way from Great Britain. That was something quite difficult to do back then. They soon spiral on an adventure or as Chick says, “A date with destiny.” But Wilbur thinks destiny should go with Chick.

The main attraction in my eyes is Wilbur. Throughout the movie Wilbur is always making jokes in any situation. One time Wilbur tricks Frankenstein into thinking he is Dracula. He then makes a mistake by turning around and laughing with Chick about it. Chick is constantly annoyed by Wilbur throughout the movie because of Wilbur’s childish humor. I loved watching Wilbur’s reactions when he first saw the monsters. The movie was amazing in and out. My only complaint for the movie was that I cringed at the special effects for Dracula’s transformation. (Josh Benedict)


Whatever it is Costello, “saw what I (he) saw when I (he) saw it!” As he would say. In the film Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein two delivery personnel were hired to deliver two mysterious crates that are for a haunted house. This in my opinion is a great film because it is the perfect mixture of humor and “horror.” The best character to fit this perfect mixture is Costello.

Costello makes this film really enjoyable because he has great comebacks in arguments and when on tall boxes… a great balance. But is a nervous person when it comes to monsters and dark places. Also he is extremely stupid sometimes like when Dracula tries to brain wash him but failed because there is no brain to wash but Costello fakes it so he is not caught.

Also he should learn which way the door opens and he has two girls somehow. By the way be prepared for a little girl scream then a smack as Costello runs into a wall. In conclusion this movie may be in black and white but that does not put it down. In other words this movie even though it is old does not mean it is not worth a try. This film is for people who enjoy comedies and an all-around laugh and dramatic twist. This is not for people who obviously do not like comedies or dramatic twist. This not a horror film do not watch this film for a horror movie experience! (Payton Sims)


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) is a classic black-and-white film describing the adventure between Chick (played by Abbott) and Wilbur (played by Costello) and their encounter with Dracula, the Werewolf, and the Monster. Wilbur, the main character in the movie, is an important character to the storyline because of his witty/funny one-liners and his luck to be the only one (at first) to notice the supernatural activity going on around them. Wilbur added a lot of important, yet humorous, aspects to the film.

At the start of the movie, Wilbur and Chick work at a post office, receiving people’s packages and mail. A man named Mr. McDougal was the owner of the local House of Horrors, and had two very important packages that Chick and Wilbur were instructed to deliver later that night at his event. When Chick and Wilbur deliver the packages and begin to set them up, Wilbur discovers that the packages contained the real-life Frankenstein monster and his “master”, Dracula. Throughout the film, it is Wilbur’s struggle to try to get his friends and other people around him to believe what he saw. In the meantime, the Monster is growing weak, and the only way Dracula and his mysterious helper can save him is to give him a new brain. In this Comedy/Horror/Sci-Fi film, Wilbur and his friends Chick and Lawrence Talbot (played by Lon Chaney Jr.) try to stop Dracula and his mischievous schemes in order to save the word, and not save the Monster, for the fate of humanity.

Wilbur played a very important role in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein because of his attitude toward the situation and contribution to help stop Dracula. Without Wilbur’s humorous and important take on his situation, the movie would not have the same humorous charm that reels in many viewers who greatly enjoyed the film. With Wilbur’s comedic effect and his use of communicating with the characters around him, the film was very enjoyable to watch and made me feel anxious for was going to happen next. I highly recommend the movie Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein to viewers who enjoy comedies and a little bit of scary adventures! (Jennifer Sadler)


I choose Lou Costello. I like Lou Costello because he is really funny and he gets all the girls. The story is about how Count Dracula tries to bring back Frankenstein and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello try to stop him with the help of the Werewolf. When they try to figure out if Dracula is real Lou Costello “falls” in love for a girl that doesn’t turn out what he thinks of her she turns out to be working for Count Dracula. I really loved the effects. I didn’t like Frankenstein because he was really really stupid. And I loved the actor (who played) Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi). {Caleb Barnes}


Have you ever heard or know of the people, Abbott and Costello, who are in plenty of movies? Well, they return in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. In this movie, Costello gets frightened by a seemingly fake Dracula, along with other monsters that are supposed to be for a haunted house, but realize that everything is creepier and livelier than they appear. Even though this movie is mostly a thriller, there is also plenty of comedy. For me, this film was pretty enjoyable, but there were some shortcomings.

While I feel Abbott played a great character, I found that how dense he was towards the idea of Dracula or any of the other monsters even when Dracula was hiding right in front of him annoying. Also, this movie has pretty bad graphics when people were transforming, like when Dracula was transforming into a bat or the man into the Wolf man. One reason why I did like this movie though is the plot.

So the movie may have bad graphics and Abbott not noticing absolutely anything, but if you like older movies that are comedies and thrillers, this movie would be great for you. (Dylan Boehme)


“I saw what I saw when I saw it!” a common quote seen throughout the black-and-white film, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). A fantastic film starring Chick (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello) two hapless freight handlers who find themselves experiencing an encounter with Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange), and a scientist who transforms into a destructive werewolf (Lawrence Talbot). Wilbur, the main character, has a very significant role in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), in aspects of humor, romance, fear/ horror, suspense and cartoony violence. Wilbur has a true, positive presence in this film, with his hilarious, witty comments and his humorous first-hand encounter with the monsters (stated prior).

At the beginning of the film, the lives of Chick and Wilbur are turned upside down when a demanding Mr. McDougal (Frank Ferguson) requests for the package containing the remains of Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula from Europe to be used in the local house of horrors. To Chick and Wilbur’s surprise, when delivering the retrieved packages, Dracula awakens and escapes from his coffin with the weakened Frankenstein’s monster, who he plans to bring to life again with a new brain. However, Mr. Lon Chaney, a scientist who transforms into a destructive werewolf at the sight of a full moon, arrives from London in an attempt to bring an end to Dracula and his plan. Fortunately, Dracula’s reluctant aid is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay, the object of Wilbur’s affection. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula’s bite causing Dracula and Sandra to abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises the Werewolf, Dracula, and Frankenstein’s monster all begin to run rampant. (Kaitlyn Gardner)


Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein is a very good film, as it combines comedic and somewhat adventurous aspects. Costello made the film very comedic, and was also not very smart. Costello’s lack of intelligence was what made the film very funny. Abbot was the very serious person who did not believe any of the stories were true. Costello was very terrified of Frankenstein and Dracula, and kept trying to tell Abbot that they were alive but Abbot did not believe him he thought that he had just heard too many stories. Costello and Abbott combined made the movie somewhat adventures as they explored the house of Dracula. For a movie of its time it was very well structured and was very good. So if you’re looking for an older film I would say Abbott & Costello meets Frankenstein is the perfect movie. (Dylan Musgrave)



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