Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein - Wikipedia
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - "The Colgate Comedy Hour" Season 04, Episode 21 (). Rounding out their encounters with the Universal monsters, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello mixed it up with the Gillman himself in this short sketch that origi. Abbott Costello Meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon - YouTube.
While the boys open the second crate containing the Monster, Chick leaves the room to greet McDougal and the insurance agent.
Dracula now hypnotizes Wilbur and reanimates the Monster. They both leave and by the time McDougal, the insurance agent, and Chick enter, both crates are empty. McDougal accuses the boys of theft and has them arrested. Sandra, a gifted surgeon who has studied Dr. Frankenstein's notebooks, has seduced Wilbur as part of Dracula's plan to replace the Monster's brutish brain with a more pliable one—Wilbur's.
Wilbur and Chick are bailed out of jail.
Abbott and Costello meet The Creature
They assume that Sandra posted bond, but Joan Raymond Jane Randolphan undercover investigator for the insurance company, did so. Joan also feigns love for Wilbur, hoping that he will lead her to the missing "exhibits".
Wilbur invites Joan to a masquerade ball that evening. Meanwhile, Lawrence Talbot has tracked Dracula and the Monster from Europe and has taken the apartment across the hall from Wilbur and Chick.
Talbot asks Chick and Wilbur to help him find and destroy Dracula and the Monster. Wilbur believes, but Chick remains skeptical.
That night Wilbur, Chick and Joan go to Sandra's castle to pick her up for the ball. Wilbur answers a telephone call from Talbot, who informs them that they are in fact in the "House of Dracula". Wilbur reluctantly agrees to search the castle with Chick and soon stumbles upon a basement staircase that leads to a boat and dock. Chick insists they search for Dracula and the Monster to prove to Wilbur that they do not really exist. Behind a revolving door, Wilbur experiences a few close calls with the monsters; whenever he tries to get Chick's attention, the monsters have disappeared.
Meanwhile, Joan discovers Dr. Frankenstein's notebook in Sandra's desk and Sandra finds Joan's insurance company employee ID in her purse. As the men and women prepare to leave for the ball, a suavely dressed Dr. Dracula introduces himself to Joan and the boys. Also working at the castle is the naive Prof. Stevens Charles Bradstreetwho questions some of the specialized equipment that has arrived.
After Wilbur admits that he was in the basement, Sandra feigns a headache and tells Wilbur and the others that they will have to go to the ball without her.Abbott & Costello Meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon
In private, Sandra admits to Dracula that Stevens' suspicions, Joan's credentials, and Wilbur's snooping in the basement have made her nervous enough to put the experiment on hold. Dracula asserts his will by hypnotizing her and biting her in the neck in a continuity error, Dracula's reflection is visible in a mirror. Vampires do not have reflections, as stated in Dracula Everyone is now at the masquerade ball.
Talbot arrives and confronts Dr. Lahos, who is in costume as Dracula. Lejos easily deflects Talbot's accusations and takes Joan to the dance floor. Sandra lures Wilbur to a quiet spot in the woods and attempts to bite him, but Chick and Larry approach and she flees.
Wilbur escapes, but the Wolf Man attacks McDougal, who is also at the ball. Since Chick's costume includes a wolf mask, McDougal accuses Chick of attacking him out of revenge. Chick escapes and witnesses Dracula hypnotizing Wilbur. Chick is also hypnotized and rendered helpless, while Dracula and Sandra bring Wilbur and Joan back to the castle. The next morning, Chick and Talbot, both fugitives, meet up in the bayou. Talbot confesses to Chick that he is indeed the Wolf Man. Also, I have found that these movies make wonderful introductions to the world of classic horror films for many of the small fry out there.
Mummy's boys Bud and Lou met the eerie Egyptian in their last movie for Universal The healthy mix of terror and laughs can be an excellent way to introduce young children to the eerie world that was created on the backlot at Universal's "Little Europe.
Abbott and Costello aficionados acknowledge that the better of these films represent the last big screen triumphs for the legendary comics whose career had begun to sag before teaming with the monsters. More importantly to horror buffs, these movies provided a last, glorious hurrah for the classic Universal Monsters before moving aside for the new wave of science fiction thrillers like Tarantula, This Island Earth and The Incredible Shrinking Man.
Meeting Abbott and Costello gave our favorite monsters one last moment in the spotlight before gothic beasties were replaced by atomic terrors. In a live comedy sketch, devised to promote Universal's newest monster, America witnessed the brief but memorable meeting of Abbott and Costello and the Creature from the Black Lagoon Ben Chapman as the Creature from the Black Lagoon, who would soon take his place among Universal's famous gallery of classic monsters.
The sketch began with the two comics arriving at Universals' creepy prop department to get some items for that evening's show. Visible amid the items in the background are figures of Mr. Abbott goes off hunting for the props they'll need for their TV performance and Costello is left alone among the spooky displays in a routine somewhat reminiscent of the scene in McDougal's House of Horrors from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. First Lou is the victim of an inkwell that moves around on its own, then a cigarette floats away as if it is being carried by the Invisible Man as Lou gives the audience his typical fraidy cat performance.
The climax of the sketch comes as Lou starts to read from Universal's latest horror script while seated beside a long wooden box. As Lou reads of a monster coming to life and emerging from a long box, the Frankenstein Monster played by Glenn Strange lifts the creaking lid.
When Lou is turned the other way, the Monster gets out of a crate and starts to creep behind Lou. Unaware of his 'shadow,' Costello greets Abbott as he walks back into the prop department, but Bud promptly runs away in terror as he sees the monster. Lou cracks up when a sound effect is off cue.
Good thing Glenn Strange could hide his smile beneath the mask prepared for him by Universal's make-up department for live appearances as The Monster Puzzled by Abbott's reaction, Costello finally realizes that someone or something is behind him.