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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein(1948)

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The working title of this film was Brain of Frankenstein. The entry date for the film in the Catalog of Copyright Entries: Motion Pictures 1950-1958 reads: "8 September 49 (in notice: 48)." Although the onscreen title reads "Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein," all other sources refer to the film as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The opening credits include an animated sequence in which the title is spelled out in cartoon bones, and cartoon figures of the Wolfman, Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster and Lenore Aubert walk across the screen over normally printed credits. Although Vincent Price is not credited onscreen, he is the voice of the Invisible Man in the last scene of the film, a role that, according to a March 1948 New York Times article, was originally slated for Glenn Strange. Strange played "the Monster" in the picture.
       According to a January 1948 Hollywood Reporter news item, Ella Raines was cast in a role originally offered to Dorothy Hart, but neither actress appears in the final film. Modern sources report that Bela Lugosi, who had appeared as "Count Dracula" many times, wrote his autobiography on the set of the film. Universal production notes reported that prior to shooting, Abbott suffered three broken ribs while on vacation, and during production, Strange broke his foot when he threw Lenore Aubert's character out of a window, and Lon Chaney replaced him briefly. In addition, modern sources claim that both Abbott and Costello had been suspended by Universal before production began when Costello demanded a $25,000 increase per picture, but regardless of these issues, shooting began and proceeded as scheduled. For more information on Universal's monster films, please consult the Series Index and see the entries for Frankenstein (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40, F3.1465); Dracula (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40, F3.1121); The Invisible Man (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40, F3.2148); and The Wolf Man .