Friday 1 February 2019

8 - Abbott and Costello - I can see Morecambe and Wise were "influenced"...

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948 - B/W) - There's quality stuff in here, but it feels padded. Lugosi gives it his all. His transformation is clearly done by Universal animation folk. It becomes routine. Lou Costello does steal a lot.

Abbott and Costello Meet The Killer, Boris Karloff (1949 - B/W) -  More animation titles. Karloff looks like Korla Pandit. The sort of crime comedy I can never quite get.

Abbott and Costello In The Foreign Legion (1950 - B/W) - Typical desert jokes, sort of a retread of Road to Morocco. Full of American accented Arabs.

Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951 - B/W) - Half-idiot 50s SF, half-Disney-ish shopping cart movie.
See also Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1951 - B/W), which has more 50s SF nonsense, plus a proto-Digby giant spacedog.

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1953 - B/W) - Not enough of the duo. Laboured horror, laboured jokes, a tremendously false London. No atmosphere. Why is a Karloff Frankenstein waxwork in Victorian London? Some fun makeup jokes.

Abbott and Costello Meet The Keystone Kops (1954 - B/W) - A halfbaked tribute to the silent era. Almost a premake of The Stunt Man.

Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy (1955 - B/W) - Nowhere near as good as Frankenstein. Laboured jokes about snake charmers, wrappings, galore.

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