Maybe because last night was Halloween, I started thinking about this movie. Not only was it the first Abbott and Costello movie I ever saw (at least that I remember), it may well have been the first horror movie I ever saw. Because despite being very funny, it's definitely a horror movie, too, with some really creepy moments. When I was growing up, it ran frequently on the local TV stations, and I watched it every time it was on. So did my friends, and we'd talk about it at school the next day. There was a time in my life I knew most of the bits by heart. It turned me into a fan of Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr., too. It was only later than I found out the Frankenstein Monster was played by Glenn Strange, who I knew then as Sam the bartender on GUNSMOKE and Butch Cavendish in the three-part origin episode of THE LONE RANGER.
I don't own a copy of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, so I didn't watch it again last night, but I did watch the trailer and several clips on YouTube. And it's still great fun. I don't know that it's my favorite A&C movie (I'm awfully fond of BUCK PRIVATES, too), but it's right up there.
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