The Penn Theater in Plymouth concludes its Shock-tober series on Thursday with the horror comedy “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”.
This is the first of several Abbott and Costello films where the comedy duo meets classic characters from Universal’s horror film stable. They play freight handlers Chick Young and Wilbur Grey. Their lives change drastically when the remains of Frankenstein’s monster and Count Dracula are shipped to London for display in the wax museum “McDougal House of Horrors”. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) tries to warn them about the shipment but a full moon appears as he makes a call to them and he is turned into the Wolf Man. Chick assumes the call is a prank and goes on with his work day. Immediately afterwards, the actual Mr. McDougal (Frank Ferguson) shows up to claim the shipments and, fearing them damaged when Wilbur and Chick mishandle them, demands that the crates be delivered in person so his insurance agent can inspect them.
Both Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) become re-animated and escape their crates, and Dracula tries to get the monster a new brain. They arrive at the island castle of the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert). She has been posing as Wilbur’s girlfriend as part of Dracula’s scheme to replace the Monster’s brutish, rebellious brain with Wilbur’s.
Joan Raymond (Jane Randolph), an undercover investigator for the insurance company processing McDougal’s claim, hopes Wilbur and Chick will lead her to the missing “exhibits”. At the same time, Larry Talbot has taken the apartment across the hall from Wilbur and Chick. He has successfully tracked down Dracula and the monster from Europe and knows them to be alive. Talbot asks Chick and Wilbur to help him find and destroy Dracula and the monster.
Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant.
The film is considered the swan song for the “Big Three” Universal horror monsters – Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s monster, none of whom had appeared in a Universal film since 1945’s “House of Dracula”. It is also #56 on the American Film Institute’s list 100 Years…100 Laughs.
Show time is Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 P.M. The box office opens one half hour before the first show of the day. The Penn Theater does not offer advance ticket sales. More information is available here.