Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Mike / October 8th, 2011

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein


  • October 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I feel at one with the world when I watch Monster Madness! Thanks James!

  • eyeofodin

    October 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    thanks james, MM is a real highlight of Oct. for me.
    Looking forward to see whats next after franky movies

  • Lotusplant

    October 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Thanks James, I’m loving these! I just made a monster movie quiz on youtube if anyone would like to try it.

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Love these Monster Madness videos!

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I think MM is my favorite cinemassacre series man, i love this stuff. And if it makes you feel better, I always felt like the original intent for calling the monster Frankenstein was to call him by his last name since the doctor never formally gave him a first name, and since the monster was his creation I felt it was safe to assume he was sort of a part of the Frankenstein family, thus making him a Frankenstein…if that makes any sense. at least thats how i felt it was meant…i don’t know.

  • lamecasuelas

    October 8, 2011 at 1:04 am

    great as usual!! i cannot wait for the next series!!

  • mindless

    October 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I really enjoyed these MM videos. I wasn’t subscribed to you last year for some odd reason even tho I enjoyed viewing your work. (tnmnt 3 was the first one I have ever seen about 3-4 years ago). Can’t wait for the movie! I also agree with terrifyerX07 about the Frankenstein monster last name thing. That was just what I always assumed as well.

  • PDL

    October 8, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Don’t give in, James! It’s Frankenstein’s monster. Don’t let The Man tell you how to live your life.

    Seriously though – Entertaining and informative as always.
    I can’t wait to see what series you’re going to cover next.

  • October 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Oh boy oh boy can’t wait for tomorrow

  • October 8, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I’d like to consider myself well versed in the world of pop-culture, and needless facts about almost all things entertainment. Being that, people always ask me how the hell I know such things, well, it’s from watching awesome series like MM, or just general television. So, now that it’s October, and we’ll see the inevitable Frankenstein, I can whip out that most people imitate Bela’s version, not Boris’….and yes, without really a need to mention it, that does make me cooler than most. – home to the Man Movie Encyclopedia. Ever wondered just how many swear words are in True Lies? Or how many get beat up in Bloodsport? Or the amount of slow-motion scenes in Face Off? Well, read the Man Movie Encyclopedia. You’ll get the review, plus the full Man Movie Tally. I promise, it’ll get you chicks.

  • Ganymedeboy

    October 8, 2011 at 2:24 am

    You know, watching all these Frankenstein movies has got me thinking. In nearly every movie, Henry Frankenstein is alluded to being the father of the monster. Since the monster has no first name, he would have to go by his surname, and since Henry Frankenstein is his “father”, Frankenstein is the only name he can have, right? I mean Henry, Wolf, and Ludwig can still be referred to as “Dr. Frankenstein” or by their first or full names. “The Monster” is too vague, and “Frankenstein’s Monster” just sounds like an afterthought to me. So, in conslusion, Frankenstein IS the name of the monster…at least as I see it.

  • GamingandMetal

    October 8, 2011 at 3:12 am

    i agee with james, Abbot and Costello meet the Invisible man is so funny, i have seen all those abbot and costello meet the “monster” movies and the Invisible man is the funniest.

  • WillWill

    October 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

    LOVE Monster-Madness. Appreciate all your hard work. So so so sick of Frankenstein now. I don’t think I’ll watch a Frankenstein movie for @ least 5 years now…

  • Torus202

    October 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I always felt Frankenstein was fine as the monster’s name even though I knew it wasn’t. I figure Dr. Frankenstein would have wanted to name his creation after himself and there was nothing wrong with calling them both by the same name.

  • Fhistleb

    October 8, 2011 at 4:51 am

    This movie was still a fun outing in and of itself.

  • KaiGusto

    October 8, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Video wont play for me 🙁 I click the Play button at the start, but nothing happens.

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    October 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Seriously what’s the big idea that everyone mistakenly calls the monster “Frankenstein”?

  • Scary German Guy

    October 8, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Last year, I was looking for a way to get my son (who is 5 years old) an introduction to the classic monsters, without scaring him.

    So I watched it with him last Halloween and he loved it. He’s watched it a few times since, and I’m so proud that my kid can sit and watch a Black & White movie in this day and age without complaining. He also watches ‘…Meet the Mummy’, and ‘…Meet the Invisible Man, which is his favorite.

    The mix of comedy really eases the tension in this one, I’d recommend it to anyone with younger kids who you’re trying to gently ease into the genre without scaring the shit out of them!

  • angryrider

    October 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Considering Frankenstein’s monster is the scientist’s son, then he should be called “Frankenstein.” And Costello did call him “Junior.” So yeah, can’t fight it.

  • sugreev2001

    October 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

    This remains my favorite A&C movie.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

    “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” was the first Universal monster movie I ever watched. Such a fun movie. I enjoyed the review, James. I like that you mentioned the Invisible Man ending and all the other Abbott and Costello monster films. Can’t wait to see the next horror series you review.

  • KennyD1988

    October 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

    This was actually one of the first monster movies I saw next to the original Universal Frankenstein. I use to watch AMC MonsterFest all day and night back when they had these good movies on, not like recently where it is HorrorFest and they only show the same rehashed slasher movies all the time.

    On a side note, I was at a garage sale the other day and picked up a Bela Lugosi 3 Movie DVD… White Zombie, The Corpse Vanishes, and One Body Too Many… I have not seen the last one, any info/review on it before I watch it?

  • Hourglass

    October 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Something about old comedy that’s just like old horror for me…it’s classic and very enjoyable. I find Abbott & Costello and The Three Stooges to be more entertaining that most of today’s sitcoms, just as I find the old Universal films to be better than the hollow gore-fests that have been going on for the past 40 years or so.

  • ramo10

    October 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I feel abit sad over that Bela Lugosi only played Dracula twice and that this was his last time as Dracula, I think that Universal studios could have made atleast one Dracula sequel with Bela in the role, I mean after all the Frankenstein sequels they have made.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Hey James, what’s that movie at the beginning of the video that shows a guy getting bitten by a snake? Anybody know what movie that is?

  • October 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Hi James,

    First off, I LOVE Monster Madness. This year, as always, has been a treat! Thank you so much for filling our nostalgic void of great horror movies. This is my favorite time of the year, and hearing your impressive knowledge of horror movie history is great fun.

    The Frankenstein ones this year have been great. Though now, I am getting a little tired of them. This is Sequel-a-thon year, and there are thousands of horror sequels out there. I hope you have more of a variety planned for the next few weeks even though I know you generally do older films first, and work your way through chronologically.

  • synthfreek

    October 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

    OK…I’ll ask again. What is the deal with the annoying vertical line embedded in the video on the right border?

  • Sean Wolahan

    October 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    The next series better be Gamera. Because Gamera is bad-ass.

  • TheAceofSpadez

    October 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I hope the next set of sequel’s is a slash film series!

  • otto meyer III

    October 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Interesting about the monsters name being forever known as Frankenstein. Like James says A & C never even Meet Frankenstein, here in the UK the film was released as A & C Meet The Ghosts which still doesn’t quite sound right. Anyway loving MM this year ! Keep Em comin !

  • October 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

    well I like how Dracula casts a reflection. I always hated that myth, it just makes way too little sense. Mirror’s don’t care if something is undead or not, if something is visible to the naked human eye, then it’s reflecting light waves which also reflect off of mirrors, and therefore, has a reflection. the only things that don’t have reflections are things that are invisible.

  • October 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This is already the best Monster Madness ever

  • October 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    You don’t know why they wouldn’t wanna do that? It’s explained in the movie. The Monster is currently controlled by a criminal brain, which won’t always obey Dracula as his master. So Dracula intends to give The Monster a fool’s brain with a big body.

    My bets are these:

    Hammer Frankenstein Movies (7 Movies, October 9th-15th)
    Gamera (Original Series 8 Movies – October 16th-23rd)
    Friday the 13th (Original Series 8 Movies – 24th-31th)

  • newname

    October 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    “Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.”

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  • newname

    October 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    David Hall, the non-reflective vampire myth is considered an allusion to the nature of the vampire itself. Does it make less sense than requiring permission to enter a house?

    Maybe Dracula was just a manifestation the mens’ desires toward the women. The quirks of the monster come from a very allegorical time, and there are usually a few different ways to interpret it.

  • bickbenedict1

    October 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Sup James
    I like Monster Madness a lot. Are you going to be doing any newer movies? Black and white movies are cool, but it would be nice to see some color ones at some point. And can’t you just say what the next series is instead of leaving it a mystery?

  • Darthleather

    October 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wonder what’s next. Maybe the Hammer Frankenstein series,or Dracula series.

    BTW, I’ve perfected my horror tribute video. I finally got it to where I’m totally satisfied with it.

    Take a look,

  • joliet_jane

    October 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    As I see it, if the monster is Frankenstein’s creation, but is also a humanoid, he’s sort like his son or dependent. So, he takes the last name of his guardian. He’s a Frankenstein.

  • Xois

    October 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    So. If I might ask, James. Is this month going to be about The Big three? (Frankenstein Monster, Werewolf, Dracula] Or are you gonna do others like the invisible mna?

  • October 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    @synthfreek I didn’t even notice it until you mentioned it. Is it really that big a deal? People on the internet find everything to complain and argue about.

  • nomad175

    October 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Great vid man, though I actually love this movie.

    Also, is it my imagination, or does the cartoon bat look better then the rubber bat?

  • Orionsaint

    October 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I’m 38 and when I was 9 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein along with the original King Kong were the first old b/w movies I ever watched. Before these movies I’d ignore old b/w films. I thought they were boring, but not these movies. Oh no! I was totally enthralled! From then on I was more open to watching old b/w films and today I love old films and It’s all thanks to these two classic films.

  • Orionsaint

    October 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    The monsters name may not be Frankenstein, but imo it fits him so well. I see the monster more as being named Frankenstein than Dr Frankenstein, but that might also have to do with being brought up with everyone around me calling him Frankenstein. So I can’t get that notion out of my head.

  • Sev

    October 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Frankenstein fits the monster as HE IS the creation of Dr. Frankenstein kinda like his son and while he has no official name he’d only be known by the family name which is Frankenstein as HE IS techinally the son of Frankenstein himself kinda like Ultron is the Son of Hank Pym in marvel comics.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Interesting looking movie, seems like a pretty weird combo. Cant wait for the new series tomorrow !

  • relic

    October 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm


  • Mellowtrauma

    October 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    You probably know already, but If your looking for interesting movie facts:

    You can find all sorts of wonderful gems, like this Abbott and Costello one:

    Glenn Strange was playing the Frankenstein monster, but during shooting one day he tripped over a camera cable and broke his ankle. Lon Chaney Jr. (playing the Wolf Man) wasn’t working that day, so he put on the Frankenstein makeup/outfit and filled in for Strange in one scene where Dr. Mornay gets thrown through the window. So Chaney wound up playing two monsters in this movie.

  • kaidestinyz

    October 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I cant load the video. anyone cn help?

  • kevenz

    October 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    goddmnit ban this Travis Maciejewski spamming guy.

  • October 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    October is my favorite month. I get birthday gifts, Halloween stuff is everywhere, and Monster Madness.

  • Valis77

    October 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    you boop your last boop.


    October 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I think you should stop caring about the monster being called Frankenstein. In a way, its not being miscalled because after all, he is a creation from Dr. Frankenstein and creations or inventions are often named after their creators so i dont see why is so wrong calling the monster Frankenstein. Its pretty much when you have children and they take your last name, so see it as if the monster is Dr. Frankenstein child. Otherwise how are you gonna call it? the monster created by Dr. Frankestein? if you are going to address it like that all the times you mention it you are gonna get your tongue tired.

  • tweej

    October 10, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I just watched this and it’s great. The only thing that could’ve made it better was to have Karloff as the monster. Costello is hilarious and his long double takes are priceless. Thanks for the recommend James.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the peak at Abbot and Costello. A lot of us know about these movies, but it’s fun to hear your opinions, nonetheless. It really is odd that Bela Lugosi only played Dracula a handful of times, though…

  • Andreas

    October 11, 2011 at 4:31 am

    On top of the quality of these reviews, the movies shown in the intro seem very interesting. The third movie is House of Wax (1953), but what about the others ?

  • October 11, 2011 at 5:51 am

    They forgot abott and costello meets godzilla,abott and costello go to racoon city,abott and costello vs jack-oh lantern he he.As you have said they runoff from ideas and make some comedies out of it.And sincde most of the todays horror films are considered in my opinion comedies i cannot blame them since they at least make some comedies out of it.In conclution abott and costello beat those monsters,i must remember that.

  • Bubs

    October 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Whoa whoa whoa, wait a fucking second. Was that Woody Woodpecker trying (and failing apparently) to shoot himself in the head at 2:22? Man, between the numerous examples of racist caricatures and cartoon animals attempting suicide, cartoons back in the day were messed up. None of that shit would fly today. Can you imagine an episode of Spongebob Squarepants where Spongebob gets fired from the Krusty Krab and attempts to hang himself in despair, only to have the rope break? Or an episode of Adventure Time where Jake wears blackface and eats watermelon and fried chicken?

  • zombiefan011

    January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I can’t believe he didn’t mention that the Frankenstein monster is played by Glenn Strange and not Boris Karloff who was offered the role but rejected it and even refused to see the movie cause he thought it was an insult to horror films

  • Idmndcookies

    October 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    One of the best movies ever!

  • caitseith

    October 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    So, do they meet the invisible man at the end as a last minute end of the film joke? And at that point they go like “f**k that! No more monsters for us!”

  • Cobra Verde

    February 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Hei James, have ever seen a movie called “Fracchia vs. Dracula”? It’s an italian parody, really worth to watch and review it!

  • karel1

    September 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    One of the All Time Classics! I love Abott and Costello, but this film above all the others they did is my favourite!

  • September 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    What movie is that in the intro where that guys head explodes?

  • kovicplayz

    July 2, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Alright, I’m starting with A… and I’m gonna make my way through Z. This is gonna be a fun month or two.

    Great review on this James, this movie is a classic to me.

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