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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Horror is often just across a thin line from humor
and some films set out to blur the line.
These are some of my favorite humorous horror films.

  1. Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) This is my favorite Abbott and Costello film and my favorite horror spoof. Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney and Glenn Strange play their monster roles straight.

  2. Young Frankenstein (1974) This may be a couple of years after the cut-off point for this blog, but this is one of the two best horror spoofs made and is my favorite Mel Brooks film.

  3. The Cat And The Canary (1927) The granddaddy of all spooky old house mysteries with a endangered heiress, a grasping hand and secret passages galore.

  4. The Ghost Breakers (1940) Bob Hope, playing his patented comedy coward, aided by Willie Best comes to the aid of lovely Paulette Goddard in a spooky castle in Cuba. Watch for zombies and old hags.

  5. King of the Zombies (1941) Mantan Moreland steals this film from stars Dick Purcell and Joan Woodbury. His performance is a comic masterpiece, easily overriding the usual stereotypes he was forced to play.

  6. The Laurel And Hardy Murder Case (1930) Stan is the last of the Laurels and heir to a fortune, but he and Ollie have to go into a spooky old house and survive the night. Great fun.

  7. The Old Dark House (1932) James Whale pulls out all the stops in this classic and best of the dark house mellers. Great cast includes Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff and Ernest Thesiger.

  8. Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) Director Whale lets his sense of whimsey take hold in this, the best of the Universal Frankenstein films. Karloff, Thesiger and Elsa Lanchester shine.

  9. The Ghost And Mr. Chicken (1966) This was Don Knotts's first starring film and it is a lot of fun.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Tues, Oct 17 2006 / 18:30:13 PST

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  • The Abbott & Costello film brings back many warm memories of when I was a kid watching on Saturday afternoons with my 2 sisters, popcorn and Kool-Aid.

    And Bud & Lou were hilarious, timeless....they absolutely never grow old.

    Great post!

    By Blogger Arlen Crawford, at Wed Oct 18, 04:05:00 PM PDT  

  • If you've never seen Scared To Death (1947), I would recommend it. It's wonderfully weird and falls into the humorous horror film category. And, it was the only color film starring Bela Lugosi!

    By Anonymous Deanna S., at Fri Dec 08, 01:23:00 PM PST