It’s Time for Our Annual Meeting- “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”-Tonight!

Posted on November 5, 2022

Tonight on MeTV, we bring back one of our most requested films-that our viewers demand to see, at least annually! Starring Universal’s perennial top comedy team- who had lost some of their box office power- this film teamed them up with some of Universal’s classic monsters, who had also been declining in popularity- at least with the studio heads. This film proved to be an amazing comeback for them all-with two of the classic monsters played by the men who established them as horror legends- Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr.- plus big Glenn Strange as the Frankenstein Monster! Bud Abbott and Lou Costello preside over the monster mayhem of what is often referred to as perhaps the best horror comedy of all time- "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"!

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We begin by meeting two railroad baggage clerks, Chick and Wilbur, struggling to unload their latest shipments and, as usual, causing most of their own problems-stemming from Wilbur doing most of the work. Wilbur’s latest girlfriend, a stunning woman named Sandra, drops by to visit- with Chick dumbfounded as to why this beauty, who is obviously way out of Wilbur’s league, is attracted to his little pal. The phone in the place never seems to stop ringing- and when Wilbur answers the latest call, it’s long distance from London! On the line is someone the boys are not familiar with (but we most certainly are)- it’s Larry Talbot, the man cursed to become a werewolf when the moon is full! Unfortunately, he is calling just as the full moon rises over England, and Talbot transforms into his man-beast persona before he can deliver a desperate warning to the boys.

As if things at the station are not hectic enough, Mr. McDougal, a grouchy customer, arrives to harass the boys, demanding that they drop everything (NEVER say that to Costello!) to deliver a couple boxes from their latest shipment to his “house of horrors” exhibition. These items he feels will be a sensational attraction for his business- supposedly the authentic coffin of Count Dracula, and –the body of the REAL Frankenstein Monster– are, unbeknownst to him, entirely TOO real! Know-it-all Chick isn’t buying that story, but, regardless, promises he and Wilbur will make the delivery- that evening.

Of course, it happens to be a dark and stormy night as the boys work the late shift to bring the items to McDougal’s “House of Horrors”- the perfect setting for the nervous Wilbur to learn –to his dismay- that the display pieces are indeed authentic! True to form with these two guys, he cannot convince Chick that they are dealing with the real deals- Chick thinks it’s all in Wilbur’s tiny and superstitious mind. Count Dracula, meanwhile, rises from his coffin (or, his “bunk”, as Lou refers to it) and, upon freeing the Monster from his crate, leads their escape from the museum- leaving Wilbur in a trance, Chick aggravated, and the new “House of Horrors” attractions gone! Arriving after the fact, the furious McDougal thinks the baggage handlers have stolen his valuable exhibits and wants them put in jail!

The next stop for Dracula and the Monster is a castle sanctuary on an island, in which the laboratory notes of the original Dr. Frankenstein are in the hands of a renowned surgeon. Shockingly, that surgeon is none other than Wilbur’s beautiful girlfriend- Sandra! We learn the real reason for her interest in the chubby fellow- she plans to transplant his easily-manipulated brain into the Monster- thus making the powerful creature easier to command, and the perfect pawn for Count Dracula!

Back on the mainland, Wilbur and Chick have been jailed- but are soon bailed out by a woman. They assume it was Sandra- until a pretty blonde stranger named Joan shows up, and reveals that she posted the bail! Little do the boys realize that Joan is working undercover with McDougal’s insurance company, investigating the supposed theft of his property in hopes of recovering the missing display items.

Meanwhile, coincidence of coincidences- the boys run into Larry Talbot, who has just arrived from England, and taken the apartment across the hall from theirs. Talbot must enlist the boys to aid him in finding the two evil creatures of legend, before Dracula carries out his scheme to control the powerful Monster for his evil schemes!

Wilbur, now with two lovelies both apparently wanting to spend time with him, decides to have Joan AND Sandra join him for a big masquerade ball, leaving Chick as a fourth wheel, hoping to make time with at least one of the ladies. They head to the island castle to pick up Sandra- and while waiting for the girls to finish powdering their noses, answer the castle phone -a habit Wilbur needs to break, because it’s Talbot on the line once more, claiming the Monster and Dracula must be in the very castle they are in! The boys decide to search the place, stumbling onto a hidden lower chamber where Wilbur again encounters the monsters- and just like at McDougal’s, can't convince Chick that he's actually found them! When they return to the main level, the girls are ready to go- and Sandra introduces them to her associate, Dr. Leighos- who appears to be the spitting (or biting?) image of Count Dracula! He encourages his visitors and co-workers to go have a good time at the masquerade ball- using his hypnotic powers to convince the now-reluctant Sandra to continue their plan, even though she feels it is too dangerous after having spotted Joan snooping around the Frankenstein papers. (Yes, this is the scene where, contrary to the vampire lore we have learned from these movies, we see Drac’s reflection in a mirror!)

The costume ball seems to be a must-attend event for everyone in the area- that includes nasty Mr. McDougal; Doctor Leighos dressed in a spot-on Dracula “costume”; and the always “less than festive” Larry Talbot. The party degenerates into a frantic catastrophe that puts Chick and Wilbur in peril- leading the group back to the island castle, where Sandra prepares her supposed “boyfriend” for the brain transplant- with the Frankenstein Monster restored to full and dangerous power – and the rising full moon having the usual effect on Talbot, pitting Wolf Man against vampire- and the Monster on the loose in pursuit of Wilbur and Chick in a hectic and hilarious conclusion!

This classic Universal picture not only started Abbott and Costello’s comeback, but the trend of Bud and Lou meeting other Universal horrors. We’ll give you some background on the production, introduce key cast members- and bring on the Sven schtick to complete this favorite feature!

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"Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" runs tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and, if you're unsure of the channel or time of the broadcast where you are, please consult your local listings or www.metv.com . Remember to join the legion of Sven viewers on Twitter who live-Tweet during the show (no matter what time zone you view us in) - using the hashtag #svengoolie. In Chicago, viewers get a special screening of Boris Karloff in “The Haunted Stranger” (due to last Saturday’s MeTV feature not being available to us in this month). This bonus feature begins at 11 am on our main local station- CW26.

Thank you all for helping make our MeTV “Svengoolie’s Halloween BOO-nanza” a big success! Thanks also for the amazing attendance at our limited slate of appearances during October- last weekend, at the Volo Museum, our signing went about 90 minutes longer than planned due to the incredible turnout!

It is a little too early for radio stations to be playing Christmas music- but it is NOT too early to order holiday gifts from our Sven/MeTV store-including this year’s Sven holiday knit sweater! Avoid having the gifts you desire being sold out by ordering now!

Jon us tonight for the gift that keeps on giving- the thrills and laughs every time we show it- on MeTV!

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1MikeM 25 days ago
...and dat was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein...and dat's da name a dat tune!
abc123 25 days ago
Found some chocolate balls that I am calling eyes, and i was told by the internet, a local place sold a Japan Only flavor of Mtn Dew called Violet, but it closed a few months ago, so had to settle for Mtn Dew Purple Thunder (almost the same light spectrum).
Katink abc123 25 days ago
My creative neighbor and I had some ideas like spring rolls with the transparent wrapper, but then I realized that we were hosting an early Thanksgiving Sunday with our granddaughter and her fella. So we came up with a different direction that would be easier to manage alongside the other stuff! I am making quesadillas and garnishing to look like a big eye.
VanGooliac abc123 25 days ago
Lychee would be perfect
abc123 Katink 25 days ago
Eye looking quesadillas. I will use this for The Crawling Eye in a couple weeks. Please don't hate me for taking your idea. I have some Smoked Cheddar that would be great. I also have some Cougar Gold (white cheddar) that would be awesome with chilies!
abc123 VanGooliac 25 days ago
Interesting. From a random web site I looked at:
The aromatic lychee is sweet, with slightly floral and acidic notes. Upon biting, you'll get a juicy flavor burst with a taste similar to a strawberry or pear with a hint of citrus. Some also compare the floral taste to rose.
Katink abc123 25 days ago
No hate at all, abc! Just glad that we can all find ways to play along and enjoy the fun! I saved the bones from tonight's ribs to use somehow, but I'm not sure how/If that will pan out😀
Katink abc123 25 days ago
Your choices of cheese sound fabulous, abc, and now I have an idea for The Crawling Eye! How about a cheeseball?
Katink VanGooliac 25 days ago
They do look good, VG!
Carl_N_Brown 25 days ago
Just another post in the blog
Klaatu Carl_N_Brown 25 days ago
And only 93 more to hit 3000 by midnight😳. That might be tough. But who knows🤔👍
Kyle Klaatu 25 days ago
I think I got it last time, but it may have been during/after the delayed blog rollover.

So put me in the record book with an asterisk like the (alleged) steroid home run guys.

Can't wait for the hearings on this one.
Catbat Carl_N_Brown 24 days ago
You're Too much !😂
Mikeyyy 25 days ago
Ok it’s Friday night so it’s time for my odds for the midnight races. I’m keeping it simple this week. Even money it starts at midnight, 2-1 that it doesn’t….
Klaatu Mikeyyy 25 days ago
Ha! I’ll take those odds🤣. But I forfeit my place, so use it wisely, my son😁
Cartoondave 25 days ago
Batman the animated series voice actor Kevin Conroy passed away he was 66
Lucyc Cartoondave 25 days ago
I introduced my son to Batman when they began to show it 😂 n cable in the early nineties. He fell in love with the animated Batman when it premiered on Fox, and he's still fond of Batman to this day. He showed me a picture of the Empire State Building, which had been lit up with golden yellow lights, along with a "Bat Signal" light reflected in the side of the building to note the passing of Mr. Conroy.
Kyle Cartoondave 25 days ago
Some of the animated Batman stuff was reeeeeally good.

I can hear the voice now.
Drang 25 days ago
Entirely a coincidence that I am wearing this t-shirt while teleworking on Veteran's Day:
Cartoondave 25 days ago
Getting close to the 3000 mark who will win the trophy?
Klaatu Cartoondave 25 days ago
That’s what, 103 more posts till the new blog? That’s a lot of blogging😁
Klaatu 25 days ago
It’s my Friday, with no work!! It’s 5pm and I heard Rob Roy calling my name:
Drang Klaatu 25 days ago
Have one for me, it'll be a few hours before I can join you.
daleuhlmann 25 days ago
Here are some other fun, light-hearted behind-the-scenes photos from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. That's the movie's director, Charles Barton, yucking it up with Jane Randolph and Bud Abbott.

In another shot, we have Lou Costello and his wife Anne, with their baby daughter, Chris Costello.

Finally, we have, conferring with Glenn Strange and Bela Lugosi, the movie's dialogue director, Norman Abbott, who was Bud Abbott's nephew.
Klaatu daleuhlmann 25 days ago
Wouldn’t it have been a hoot to be part of this silliness?
Wow!
That is one wild "Hollywood Jacket" that Bud Abbott is wearing in the 2nd picture.
They were popular in the 1940s, made famous by Howard Hughes during the flight of the big HK-1 flying boat, and more recently by Kosmo Kramer on Seinfeld.
daleuhlmann Klaatu 25 days ago
It sure would have been!
Yes, it was indeed a popular fashion item in the 1940s.
Klaatu 25 days ago
Drinking this Lizard Mouth beer, puts me in the mood to watch The Giant Gila Monster, Beast From 20,000 Fathoms or maybe even THEM!
Kyle Klaatu 25 days ago
Any monster movies set during Prohibition?

Klaatu Kyle 25 days ago
Nice Kyle! I love Old Forester!
Kyle Klaatu 25 days ago
Every once in a while, you gotta buy yourself a present.
Klaatu VanGooliac 25 days ago
Yes!!! That’s what I drank! Roll the giant creature movies👍
BelleLugosi Kyle 25 days ago
Ohhh. Bourbon. Nice!
Jack 25 days ago
Today would have been the 100th birthday of Kurt Vonnegut. He died in 2007, ten days after April Fools Day. So it goes.He served in the infantry during World War II, and was at the Battle of the Bulge. His inexperienced unit was placed in a “quiet” sector, but the Germans managed to find and capture them on 22 December. I was born seventeen years later. There’s probably no connection.Vonnegut spent most of the rest of the war as a prisoner in Dresden, Germany, where he was housed in a slaughterhouse. He was in a meat locker during the firebombing of Dresden. It’s strange where writers get some of their ideas.

Later, Vonnegut wrote _God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater_, in which a science fiction writer named Kilgore Trout wrote a story called “Venus on the Half-Shell.” Trout and Eliot Rosewater also appeared in _Slaughterhouse Five_. Eventually, Kilgore Trout published his story, but it was written by Philip José Farmer. I was born near Kilgore, Texas, but there is probably no connection.This is a picture of a fountain in the middle of Indiana University, in Bloomington. Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis. I met Debbie when we were going to school in Bloomington. We heard a lecture by Kurt Vonnegut in the building you can see behind the fountain. We and Vonnegut are part of the same granfalloon.
daDoctah Jack 25 days ago
It's because of his advice that I've always made sure to wear sunscreen.
Katink Jack 25 days ago
Why anybody, Billy Pigrim?
Kyle 25 days ago
Had more snow yesterday than all of last winter. Also lots of wind, so lots of drifting. And -18 when I went to work.

Off early, so getting the plow sorted out. Will be about dark in 3 hours.

I'm having fun, but the novelty will wear off in a month or four.
Klaatu Kyle 25 days ago
Is that the source of the saying “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there”?🤔
Kyle Klaatu 25 days ago
The wind drowns out the voices, the cold cleanses the spirit, and the adversity makes you strong.

Keeps out the riff-raff. Mostly.
PatS Kyle 25 days ago
With all that 'weather', what did you drive to work? Must be reliable.
Kyle PatS 25 days ago
2009 chevy 3/4 ton with grippy tires.

If you stay on the road, you are unlikely to get stuck.

Visibility is the primary issue. The road is white, the ditch is white, and some days the air is white.
Kyle PatS 25 days ago
Not so bad if you have tracks to follow.

VanGooliac 25 days ago
Good morning everyone.
To all veterans, thank you for your service.
In Canada today is Remembrance Day.
We wear a poppy and at 11AM we observe a moment of silence to honour our fallen soldiers.
Lest We Forget
CountCurt VanGooliac 25 days ago
As a fellow Canadian, I really appreciate this post. I am attending the Remembrance Day ceremony at the University of British Columbia today.
VanGooliac 25 days ago
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Drang Drang 25 days ago
Why was a link to a YouTube video for Canadian Remembrance Day, by a Canadian, removed? I did not embed the video.
Drang Drang 25 days ago
Search Terry Kelly Pittance of Time. Please.
VanGooliac Drang 25 days ago
What a moving song! Thanks Drang.
Drang 25 days ago
Good morning, veterans!
For the Army, it's zero nine hundred and time for your third accountability formation.
For the Navy, it's two bells.
For the Air Force, it's 9 AM, and time to get up, sleepykins! The housekeeper is waiting.
For the Marines, Mickey's big hand is on the 12 and his little hand is on the 9.
For the Coast Guard, we have no idea what time you think it is, and if you're smoking that stuff you seized last night, neither do you.
For the Space Force, you have some computer thingy, right?
Drang Drang 25 days ago
Another difference between the services:
Tell an Army NCO to secure a building and he'll have his troops verify everyone inside is supposed to be there, put triple strand concertina wire around it, and post an armed guard on every entrance with an access roster.
Tell a Marine NCO to secure a building, and he'll have his troops stack up, kick in the door, kill or capture everyone inside, and on exfil they burn the place to the ground.
Tell a Navy Petty Officer to secure a building, and he'll everyone to go home for the night and lock the door as he leaves.
Tell an Air Force NCO to secure a building, and he'll take out a three year lease with an option to buy.
PatS Drang 25 days ago
Hee hee. And what would Space Force do to secure a building? Send drones to drop a net over it?
Drang PatS 25 days ago
Oh, they're above all that.
Kyle PatS 25 days ago
Nuke it from orbit. Only way to be sure.
Drang 25 days ago
No one tell Mike Royko, I have to work today.
Cartoondave 25 days ago
I'm thinking about listening to THE BEATLES I'm looking through you in honor of tomorrow night's movie but I don't have theme snacks any ideas?
PatS Cartoondave 25 days ago
Southwestern Mexican-American food -- since Dr. Xavier ends up in Las Vegas? Carrots -- for extra eye power? Someone already mentioned the chocolate or bubble-gum balls wrapped in eyeball wrapping (left over from Halloween). Of course wear your best pair of sunglasses while consuming.
Cartoondave PatS 25 days ago
Thanks Pat I have a pair of Elvis sunglasses they just might work
VanGooliac Cartoondave 25 days ago
How about Lychee, Dave ?
I don’t care for them myself, but they are perfect for a movie about eyes.
PatS VanGooliac 25 days ago
Hmmm. Grapes (possibly peeled). Cocktail onions. Hardboiled eggs, halved, with highlights of hot sauce. Meatballs with sliced pimento-filled olives for decoration?
Klaatu 25 days ago
I’m late to the party, so I just wanted to add…


MrsG 25 days ago
Thank You Veterans , on SvenBlog and ALL ~
daleuhlmann 25 days ago
Two familiar faces for Svengoolie fans on this morning's PERRY MASON: Ellen Drew (from THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL) and Arthur Franz (from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN and MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS).
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