Go ahead and complain if you will- but tonight, we again run the movie we have ALWAYS gotten the most requests for here at the Sven program- the legendary monster mosh pit- “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”!
Bud and Lou are Chick and Wilbur, two railroad baggage clerks, hard at work- while Wilbur’s new sultry girlfriend drops by for a brief visit, confounding Chick as to why such a doll would be interested in his pal. An odd warning phone call comes in from one Larry Talbot in London-and the connection seems faulty due to the full moon rising there! Chick and Wilbur have to deliver a couple boxes to a “house of horrors” museum owned by the irascible McDougal- the supposed actual coffin of Count Dracula, and the Frankenstein Monster! On a dark and stormy night, the boys bring the exhibits to their new home- only to have Wilbur discover that Drac and the Monster are indeed for real, in spite of the disbelief of his partner! When the gruesome twosome (not Chick and Wilbur !) take their leave of the place, the owner comes by with his insurance inspector, and blames the boys for his new properties being missing- and has them arrested!
Meanwhile, Wilbur’s girlfriend, the lovely Sandra , turns out to be a surgeon with an island castle sanctuary- where Dracula and the Monster go to take advantage of her knowledge of Dr. Frankenstein’s notes. Sandra has a devious reason for playing up to Wilbur- she wants to use his brain to transplant into the Monster!
Wilbur and Chick are bailed out of jail by a female- and , while they think it was Sandra, it ends up being Joan- a new entry in the friendly female department. Little do they realize, she is actually working for the insurance company, and hopes to learn what the boys did with the two missing display items. The arrival of Larry Talbot puts them on a new track- he wants them to help him find the two legendary creatures, so he can destroy them and save mankind from their evil!
Things really get complicated when the boys invite their new gal pal to join them and Sandra at a masquerade ball. Wilbur and Chick, upon Talbot’s urging, check out a secret basement area in the castle, where Wilbur runs into the monsters, but they’re always gone by the time Chick shows up. Later, they meet Sandra’s associate, Dr. Leighos- who resembles Count Dracula- who urges them all to go enjoy the costume gala!
Before long- EVERYBODY is at the masquerade ball- including mean Mr. McDougal, the Doctor/Count (complete in a Dracula “costume”) and Talbot. This all leads to monstrous mayhem- with some of our friend falling under the hypnotic spell of Dracula, being endangered by the Wolf Man- and fearing the restoration of the Frankenstein Monster to full power! The island castle becomes a battleground, with good versus evil- and even EVIL versus evil!
Yes- it’s a classic, and arguably one of the very best horror-comedies- with legitimate scares and laughs. We’ll go over some of the film’s unique features and moments- and- watch for a couple stories and photos we were sent by none other than Lou Costello’s daughter, Chris!
“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” is presented on MeTV tonight at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or, check your local listings for time. Chicago gets a final look at Paula Dupree’s swan (or ape) song- “Jungle Captive”- on our sister station, WCIU, the U, at 11 am.
Just a half hour after that start time, you can meet me at the big C2E2 comics and entertainment convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place. I’ll be signing at table # 16 from 11:30-1:30 pm. Make sure you visit my friend Jerry “the King” Lawler at Ink Fusion booth, and tell him Svengoolie sent you! Find full information under our “appearances” tab on this site.
I just want to thank all of you who sent your kind condolences to us upon the passing of my father, Ray Koz. It’s been a tough week and a half, and your support has meant a lot to me and my family.
We definitely need some lighter moments- and Bud and Lou will deliver them tonight!