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The Big Three VS the Doltish Duo- "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"- Tonight!

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It wouldn’t seem like the Halloween season if we didn’t get the chance to bring you one of the most requested films in our library- the one film that boasts a macabre mash-up of the top three Universal monsters- Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Frankenstein Monster- and the studio’s best-loved comedy duo-Bud and Lou-  in  a perfect blend of  chills and chuckles!  Some call it the favorite horror comedy of all time- we just call it "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" – and we have it for you tonight on MeTV!

Chick and Wilbur are two over-worked railroad baggage clerks, struggling to unload their latest shipments, while causing most of their own problems. Wilbur finds himself further distracted when his latest girlfriend, a knockout named Sandra, drops by- astounding Chick, who knows this beauty is way out of Wilbur’s league. The phone never seems to stop ringing-  this time with  a long distance call from London! On the line is someone the boys don’t know yet, but we certainly do- it’s Larry Talbot, the man cursed to become a werewolf when the moon is full- which it is at the moment, transforming Talbot before he can deliver his dire warning  to the boys.Mr. McDougal, an abrasive customer who actually might have benefitted if Talbot had completed his warning, arrives to harass the boys, demanding that they drop everything to deliver a couple boxes from the latest shipment to his “house of horrors” exhibition. He plans to make a main attraction of the items-  what he swears is the authentic coffin of Count Dracula, and –the body of the REAL Frankenstein Monster!

Daytime defers to a dark and stormy night, and the boys work late to make the delivery to McDougal’s “House of Horrors”- the perfect setting for the nervous Wilbur to learn that the display pieces are definitely authentic! He can’t convince Chick that they are dealing with the real deals- Chick thinks it’s all in Wilbur’s limited and superstitious mind. Dracula , meanwhile,  spirits the Monster away from the museum- leaving Wilbur in a trance, Chick  aggravated, and McDougal without his new attractions! The furious McDougal thinks the  baggage handlers have stolen his valuable exhibits and wants them put in jail!

Then next stop for Dracula and the Monster is an island castle sanctuary, in which the laboratory notes of the original Dr. Frankenstein are in the hands of a renowned surgeon. Amazingly, that surgeon is none other than Wilbur’s beautiful girlfriend- Sandra!  This finally explains  her interest in the chubby fellow- she has great plans for him; she will 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, we find Wilbur and Chick have been bailed out of jail by a woman. They assume it was Sandra- until a pretty blonde stranger named Joan shows up, and reveals that it was she. 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 items. By coincidence, the boys run into Larry Talbot , who has just arrived from England, and wants to enlist the boys to help him find the two evil creatures of legend, before Dracula carries out his scheme to use the powerful Monster to carry out his plans!

Wilbur, convinced he’s quite the ladies’ man, since he has two lovelies wanting to spend time with him, decides to have Joan join him -and Sandra- for a big masquerade ball, with Chick 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- only to find it’s Talbot, claiming the Monster and Dracula must be in the castle. Finally taking Talbot’s warning seriously, the boys search the place, stumbling onto a hidden lower chamber where Wilbur again encounters the monsters- and , once again, just like in McDougal’s, can't convince Chick that he's actually found them!  When they return upstairs, 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 powers to convince the reluctant Sandra to continue their plan, even though she spotted Joan snooping around the Frankenstein papers .

The ball is a must-attend destination  for everyone in the area- including nasty Mr. McDougal, Doctor Leighos dressed in a letter-perfect Dracula “costume”, and the 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 Wilbur is prepared for the brain transplant- while the Frankenstein Monster is restored to full and dangerous power – and the rising full moon has the usual effect on Talbot , pitting the Wolf Man against the vampire- and the Monster on the loose in pursuit of Wilbur and Chick!

This classic Universal picture revived both the careers of Bud and Lou AND the studio's monster roster, resulting in a few more films with the boys meeting other Universal horrors. As usual, we'll give you some background on the production, run down the cast- and fill your trick-or-treat bag with some pre-Halloween Sven fun!

"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 Tweeters who live-Tweet along with the show on Twitter- using the hashtag  #svengoolie. In Chicago, viewers get another look at "Cry of the Werewolf" at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

For those in the area of Elgin, IL, tonight is the big “Nightmare on Chicago Street” event- this year, themed as a zombie outbreak during Homecoming! I’ll be signing autographs, then taking to the stage to crown the Zombie Prom King and Queen- and- joining our very special guest, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon to perform the “Svengoolie Stomp” live! You can find more info under the “appearances” tab on this site.

We are now on Instagram-  @ RealSvengoolie   - and more Halloween appearances and fun are on the way- including a special radio event we will reveal shortly (that’s BESIDES the WGN hosting gig coming up)! The Sven costume shirts are selling briskly- if you order immediately, you may still get it before Halloween, but that’s cutting it close! Again, info is on this site under “store” (I have a store?!)

The Halloween fun continues tonight with Bud and Lou- and the monsters too!

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Ravenwoman 22 days ago
Hmmmm Past your Beddy Time again
Hmm...yes maestro! Beddy-bye time! 🙄 I'm just going out now...on the town. Hmm...😜🗽💋💓
daleuhlmann 22 days ago
Among the greatest of one-name artists, IMO, was Donovan. Here's his 1966 hit, "Season of the Witch," purr-fect for the Halloween season.
Ravenwoman 22 days ago
Northern Lights
Best place I’ve seen them was the Yukon but even better is Northern Finland 🇫🇮, gotta get there one day
Now thats on my 55 gallon Bucket List
Yes, I know🦌, you told me dat already! 🤣🙄 Perhaps you should get some sleep?
BigBlueNYC1958 22 days ago
Glow in the Dark “Kit Kat” for Halloween 👻
abc123 BigBlueNYC1958 22 days ago
i was sad ti find out only the wrapper is glow in the dark, not the chocolate...
Ravenwoman abc123 22 days ago
🤣🤣🤣👍
Ravenwoman 22 days ago
Good night all and sweet dreams! 💋💓🗽

BigBlueNYC1958 22 days ago
Got my Dragon Claw Pendant today, rite in time for All Hallows eve 💀
Happy, happy? Joy, joy? It's a beautiful piece, wear it in good health! 💋💓🗽
Matt 22 days ago
Howdy Y'all !!!
Happy Sci-fi Friday !!!!
BigBlueNYC1958 Matt 22 days ago
Hey Matt
How are ya
Catbat 23 days ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Evening All!
DrClayton Catbat 23 days ago
Evening, Catbat! Just primed the pump with 13 Ghosts and Ghost Breakers.
Catbat DrClayton 23 days ago
Way to go. I got on the Raven (Vincent version). I'll probably put 13 Ghosts on loop tonight.
DrClayton Catbat 23 days ago
Got yer blue and red goggles?
Catbat DrClayton 22 days ago
I'll have to settle for my paper 3d ones. They don't work for anything else might as well give em a shot. Haha
MADave Catbat 22 days ago
Hi Catbat hope ya got yer Sven drawing nearby for tomorrow night
Catbat MADave 22 days ago
Got it framed and hanging on the wall right next to my pic of Sven and me at TBB2 😊
MADave Catbat 22 days ago
Awesome as to go girl
MADave 23 days ago
Anybody watching the World Series.
Catbat MADave 23 days ago
It's on here.
WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
There's a new security guard at the Castle who will be introduced for this week's movie. The new Svengoolie T-for Tuxedo shirt works great as a law enforcement officer's garb.
Catbat WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
BRILLIANT! 👏👏👏👏👏
Catbat WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
Looks like there's a new Sheriff in town,or at least at the castle 🏰.Haha
Tygercat 23 days ago
Today's Garfield strip- gee, ya think maybe THIS is why Sven worn those turtlenecks (and still does in reruns)?
Tygercat Tygercat 23 days ago
WORE those turtlenecks, not worn. One of these days I will learn how to type...
Ravenwoman Tygercat 23 days ago
🤣 Turtleneck!
TheKodakKid 23 days ago
For today’s comic leadup to Halloween, sometimes you can’t help but feel sympathy for a monster. Several of us that know just how frustrating all this changing technology can be may somewhat identify with this guy.

Ravenwoman TheKodakKid 23 days ago
Hysterical! 🤣👍
Catbat TheKodakKid 23 days ago
Ain't it the truth!
TheKodakKid 23 days ago
Some celebrity birthdays of note.

Actress Jaclyn Smith is 73. She was always my favorite Angel.

Game show host Pat Sajak is 72.

Musician Bootsy Collins is 67.

Guitarist Keith Strickland of the B-52’s is 65. One of my favorite groups.
WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
Raising the flags at Castle Von Willoughby for this week's Svengoolie. There are only 12 rooms in the castle so one ghost is out of luck. Any suggestions where he might stay?
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daleuhlmann WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
Yup!--KLINK!
TheKodakKid WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
What about the Cushing Library at Texas A&M? It supposedly already has a couple of ghosts. Plus there’s all that reading material. There’s also the swords if things get too dull.
DrClayton WILLOUGHBY 23 days ago
The sewer system under L.A. used to have room...the occupants got a little antsy, however.
Catbat WILLOUGHBY 22 days ago
Long may they wave!
Ravenwoman 23 days ago
Save the last dance for me. 🙄

daleuhlmann 23 days ago
Perhaps this would have been more appropriate for last week's movie, given its title, but it still works for Halloween.
CarrieLynnCastro 23 days ago
Lynn🍃🎃🍃
Happy Friday to you!
Hope your doing well♥️
I'm "A okay" this morning
😉 ah!
Have a nice Friday Lynn🌺
Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 23 days ago
Thank you, Carrie!
CarrieLynnCastro 23 days ago
Happy Friday👻🎃👻
I'm awake I'm alive feeling
better the pain is less this
morning 🕸🤓🕸

Thank goodness it's Friday
🤖 I love weekends!
We have too go buy our
"Halloween Candy" 🍫🍬
today 👽

So ready for the for Sven
on Saturday🕸🦑🕸 night!
Sven thank you for always
having a great line up for us too enjoy every month....
🥀💀🥀

Have a great Friday to all
you can do it 🦋🎃🦋


Ravenwoman 23 days ago
Good morning, all! Happy, happy Friday! 🤣🙄 Now...I have a "Free" wake up service, or so It seems. 💋💓🗽😘😫

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