Parents' Guide to

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

By Nancy Warren, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classic comedy-horror for older kids and teens.

Movie NR 1948 83 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Fun way to introduce Dracula, Frankenstein and the Werewolf...

It's a fun way to get introduced to monsters like dracula, frankenstein and the werewolf. Costello is a comedic genius and had my son cracking up. A couple of scenes showed smoking pretty prominently... had to explain to my son that smoking was accepted at that time. Overall, my son was entertained by a black and white movie... I'd say that's pretty good.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 7+
Abbott and Costello movies are classics! Great for all ages and they never get old!

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Shot in black and white, without the slick special effects and the fast pace of more recent horror-comedy films, this Abbott and Costello classic may not please every child. Still, many will have fun watching the actors who first created the archetypal screen roles of Dracula, the Werewolf, and Frankenstein. The movie was the last serious role for each of the great actors, and the best of the Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters series. The vaudeville gags that launched Abbott and Costello into the limelight don't always weather well, but some of the routines adapted for Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein are still funny.

While Abbott laughs at the idea of Dracula, Costello shakes in fear when he hears Dracula's coffin lid creak open and sees a hand emerge. Throughout the movie, Costello continually sights Dracula, Frankenstein and the Werewolf, each of whom conveniently disappears whenever Abbott turns to look. The duo's chemistry (stern Abbott versus shaky Costello) can be seen mimicked in children's programming today, from Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie to Shaggy and Velma in Scooby Doo. In fact, after a string of successful Abbott and Costello hits, director Charles Barton went on to direct popular children's TV series such as The Munsters and Family Affair. As a special bonus, this video opens with the pair's famous "Who's on first?" routine.

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