ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SET #3 MOVIE PAGE




ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SET #3


This was the first A & C movie set that I bought, all for one movie,
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein! After watching this, along
with the rest of the movies here, I decided to purchase the rest of
these great sets!!


ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN:(1948)

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever watched, even
though it's over 60 years old!! A+

A review from Amazon.com:

Universal Pictures made a great deal of money from its monster
movies in the 1930s. In the early '40s, the burlesque team of Bud
Abbott and Lou Costello kept the studio's coffers full. When the
two franchises were combined in 1948, the result was another
windfall--despite the apparent oil-and-water mix of subject matter.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was the first of these summit
meetings, although the title is a misnomer. Actually, Bud and Lou
bump into most of the Universal heavy-hitters, including Count Dracula
(played by Bela Lugosi himself), the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.), and
the Frankenstein monster (veteran monster Glenn Strange). There's
even a token appearance by the Invisible Man, whose disembodied
voice is recognizable as that of Vincent Price. Sure enough, the film
is funny, especially since it gives the portly Costello multiple
opportunities to do his wide-eyed, quivering scaredy-cat routine.
Audiences ate it up, and in future installments Bud and Lou would
run into Boris Karloff, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible
Man, and the Mummy. But the first was the best. --Robert Horton

Cast Of Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein:

Bud Abbott ... Chick Young
Lou Costello ... Wilbur Grey
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Larry Talbot / The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
Bela Lugosi ... Count Dracula
Glenn Strange ... The Frankenstein Monster
Lenore Aubert ... Dr. Sandra Mornay
Jane Randolph ... Joan Raymond
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. McDougal
Charles Bradstreet ... Dr. Stevens

Bobby Barber ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Barton ... Man (uncredited)
Harry Brown ... Photographer (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Man at costume party in fez (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Harris (insurance man) (uncredited)
Vincent Price ... The Invisible Man (voice) (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Man at costume party (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Woman at baggage counter (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Man in armor (uncredited)
Joe Walls ... Man (uncredited)


MEXICAN HAYRIDE(1948):

Not a strong outing for the boys! I'd give it a 'C'!

A review from Amazon.com:

This is a bit off the beaten track for Bud and Lou. It's one of
the few times that Bud played somebody who was actually
bad as opposed to just being frustrated with and (prone to)
taking advantage of the slow-witted character Lou played.
It is funny though. The bullfight is not to be missed. There's
also the logic of how the stock " has to be good" and the bit
with the "Mother-lode". It's not their best but is far from their
worst. What it lacks in consistency it often makes up for in warmth.

Cast of Mexican Hayride:

Bud Abbott ... Harry Lambert
Lou Costello ... Joe Bascom / Humphrey Fish
Virginia Grey ... Montana the Bullfighter / Mary
Luba Malina ... Dagmar
John Hubbard ... David Winthrop, American Embassy
Pedro de Cordoba ... SeƱor Martinez
Fritz Feld ... Professor Ganzmeyer
Tom Powers ... Plainclothesman Ed Mason
Pat Costello ... Plainclothesman Tim Williams
Frank Fenton ... Gus Adamson
Chris-Pin Martin ... Mariachi Leader (as Chris Pin Martin)
Sid Fields ... AP reporter (as Sidney Fields)
Flores Brothers Trio ... Musicians Playing 'Is It Yes, or Is It No?'



ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF(1949):

From some of the reviews, I had a low expectation of this film!
Not to worry, this was a great movie! Seems like every movie of
the boys in a mystery/comedy comes out great! An 'A' for sure!

A review from Amazon.com:

This should have been far better. The plot is sound enough and
the cast was strong. Boris Karloff wasn't used nearly as well as
he could have been. He's central to the film's best (and funniest)
scene but languishes as a secondary character afterward. There
aren't enough of the regular exchanges that take place between
Bud and Lou. The ones that are there are too short. Because of it
the film relies mainly on slapstick to generate laughs, a device
which, without the character development created by those
exchanges, doesn't work. Brian J Hay

Cast of Abbott And Costello Meet The Killer, Boris Karloff:

Bud Abbott ... Casey Edwards
Lou Costello ... Freddie Phillips
Boris Karloff ... Swami Talpur
Lenore Aubert ... Angela Gordon
Gar Moore ... Jeff Wilson
Donna Martell ... Betty Crandall
Alan Mowbray ... Melton
James Flavin ... Insp. Wellman
Roland Winters ... T. Hanley Brooks
Nicholas Joy ... Amos Strickland
Mikel Conrad ... Sgt. Stone
Morgan Farley ... Gregory Milford
Victoria Horne ... Mrs. Hargreave
Percy Helton ... Abernathy
Claire Du Brey ... Mrs. Grimsby


ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN THE FOREIGN LEGION(1950):

This was a great movie! Fortunately, the boys' time in the
Foreign Legion was only a small part of this movie, as that
portion was rather slow but.... the rest of the movie was
absolutely wonderful!!! B+

A review from Amazon.com:

There's a level of spontaneity here that makes this one of
the crown jewels of the set. It's true that some of he special
effects look badly dated but that's not a big problem. This
film, unlike a few of their vehicles (A&C meet the Killer to
name one) gives plenty of opportunity for the two to play
off each other. Even better, a lot of it looks to be "off the
cuff", as if they were given a framework and allowed to run.
Whatever was the case they're in top form. Hilarious! Brian J Hay

Cast of Abbott And Costello In The Foreign Legion:

Bud Abbott ... Bud Jones
Lou Costello ... Lou Hotchkiss
Patricia Medina ... Nicole Dupre
Walter Slezak ... Sgt. Axmann
Douglass Dumbrille ... Sheik Hamud El Khalid
Leon Belasco ... Hassam
Marc Lawrence ... Frankie the Loan Shark
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Abdullah (as Wee Willie Davis)
Tor Johnson ... Abou Ben
Sammy Menacker ... 'Bert' Bertram (as Sam Mancker)
Jack Raymond ... Ali Ami
Fred Nurney ... Commandant
Paul Fierro ... Ibn
Henry Corden ... Ibrim



ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN(1951):

Another great outing for the boys, who meet up with the
new Invisible Man, a former boxer who was convicted of
killing his manager! He enlists the aid of the boys, who have
just completed their detective schooling and are now on
their first case! A lot of fun! A

A review from Amazon.com:

This is probably second in stature only to Bud and Lou meeting
all of the monsters. It deserves that ranking-it comes very close
to being just as good. Lou's reaction to Tommy Nelson turning
invisible is priceless. The big fight is a hoot. The special effects,
for the time, are great. What's really impressive is how well the
film maintains an atmosphere of mystery around outrageous
comedy. Hats off to (Director) Charles Barton and the crew
for that. Brian J Hay

Cast of Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man:

Bud Abbott ... Bud Alexander
Lou Costello ... Lou Francis
Nancy Guild ... Helen Gray
Arthur Franz ... Tommy Nelson
Adele Jergens ... Boots Marsden
Sheldon Leonard ... Boots Morgan
William Frawley ... Det. Roberts
Gavin Muir ... Dr. Philip Gray
Sam Balter ... Radio announcer (voice)
John Daheim ... Rocky Hanlon (as John Day)
Paul Maxey ... Dr. James C. Turner, Police Psychiatrist



COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN(1951):

Quite entertaining, with several themes that border on the
questionable!!! Such as cousins marrying, no matter what
age!!! B

A review from Amazon.com:

This one is a riot from the pair's first appearance to the end
of the film when they finally get to the treasure. The sequence
with the love potion is hysterical. That "clean country air" Lou
got courtesy of the skunk in his suitcase was a howler. A lot
of people writing about this movie complained about Dorothy
Shay and her singing. I thought she was great. For the most
her numbers ran with the flow of the story and helped keep
the mood bright.

Cast of Comin' Round The Mountain:

Bud Abbott ... Al Stewart
Lou Costello ... Wilbert Smith
Dorothy Shay ... Dorothy McCoy
Kirby Grant ... Clark Winfield
Joe Sawyer ... Kalem McCoy
Glenn Strange ... Devil Dan Winfield
Ida Moore ... Granny McCoy
Shaye Cogan ... Clora McCoy
Margaret Hamilton ... Aunt Huddy
Guy Wilkerson ... Uncle Clem McCoy
Robert Easton ... Luke McCoy (as Bob Easton)
Virgil S. Taylor ... Jasper Winfield
Russell Simpson ... Judge
Hank Worden ... Target Judge
Jack Kruschen ... Gangster in Night Club



LOST IN ALASKA(1952):

This is not one of the boys' best! Not awful. but pretty weak!
Worth one watch, and that's about it. C

A review from Amazon.com:

Leave it to Lou to get into trouble with a piece of Whale meat.
This film is uneven mostly because some of the gags are repeated
too often. The boomerang episodes are one example; Lou's sinking
for the third time is another. On the plus side there are times when
the humour is right off the wall. Lou's attempt to save Tom Ewell
is one. His encounter with the Alaskan Crabs is a riot. The incident
with the Eskimo Medicine man is a replay of a scene with the Monster
from the boys' meeting with Frankenstein but it's just as fresh as
the first time. It's easy to imagine that the guy playing the witch
doctor had just as much trouble getting through this scene as Glenn
Strange did the first time around.

Cast of Lost In Alaska:

Bud Abbott ... Tom Watson
Lou Costello ... George Bell
Mitzi Green ... Rosette
Tom Ewell ... Nugget Joe McDermott
Bruce Cabot ... Jake Stillman
Emory Parnell ... Sherman
Jack Ingram ... Henchman
Rex Lease ... Old-Timer
Joe Kirk ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. McGillicuddy



ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS(1953):

This outing has it's ups and downs, but really not as bad
as some have indicated! I expected much worse from what
I've read from other reviewers. Worth at least a chance,
specially if you are a fan of old sci-fi!! B-

A review from Amazon.com:

The premise for this one is completely preposterous. A
spaceship couldn't be built by a private company without
government knowledge of it. The 1950's special effects
don't stand up at all. The sequences they're used for are
lame. It's far from being all bad though. Bud and Lou bring
hilarity to the unbelievable. The Mardi Gras scenes and the
interstellar lie detectors are pure fun. The sentiment the
Venusian's Queen feels for Lou is something we all identify
with. Weak outing or not the boys' charm is still there.

Cast of Abbott And Costello Go To Mars:

Bud Abbott ... Lester
Lou Costello ... Orville
Mari Blanchard ... Allura
Robert Paige ... Dr. Wilson
Horace McMahon ... Mugsy
Martha Hyer ... Janie Howe
Jack Kruschen ... Harry
Joe Kirk ... Dr. Orvilla
Jean Willes ... Capt. Olivia
Anita Ekberg ... Venusian Guard
James Flavin ... First Policeman in Bank
Jackie Loughery ... Venusian Guard (Miss U.S.A.)
Ruth Hampton ... Handmaiden (Miss New Jersey) (as Ruth June Hampton)
Valerie Jackson ... Handmaiden (Miss Montana)
Renate Hoy ... Handmaiden (Miss Germany) (as Renate Huy)


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