Saturday, October 29, 2005

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

I am Miss Maven's Aunt Battie, taking over temporarily for her since she has some out-of-state visitors through Halloween.
The first tribute that Maven wanted mentioned was "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."
She wanted to credit www.imdb.com for the following tidbits!
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. . . .
During the final chase scene, when Bud and Lou are standing in front of a door and the Frankenstein monster punches through it, Lou was off his mark and got hit on the jaw.
The animation sequences of Dracula-as-a-bat and Dracula-changing-from-bat-to-Dracula were done by Universal-International's animator, Walter Lantz (of Woody Woodpecker fame).
Marks the first time Universal-International stopped using the effective but lengthy application time of make-up artist Jack Pierce for the monster make-up, using Bud Westmore and Jack Kevan's more cost-effective rubber appliances.
This film was such a hit that it was reportedly Univeral-International's second highest grossing film of the year.
The scene in which Wilbur (Lou Costello) is unknowingly sitting on the Franenstein Monster's (Glenn Strange) lap required multiple takes. The scene allowed Costello to improvise wildly, which caused Strange to constantly break up laughing during the takes. . . .
Three actors in this film had previously played the Frankenstein Monster. Aside from Glenn Strange who actually plays the role again, both Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr., had experience under the flat top as well.
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And that isn't even ALL of the entries for "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein!"
Aunt Battie and her assistants (Slo, Mo, and Larry) will enjoy watching it again and looking for these juicy bits!
And for more fun try
www.trilloandsuede.com/movielink.html!

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