Bearing the Cross-Over

October 26, 2005posterwirePosters, Vintage3
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein movie poster

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein movie poster

Universal Monster Madness

Forget about the horror team-up of Freddy vs Jason. The idea of exploiting a staple of famous characters by doing cross-over appearances has been around for a long time (yes, even before they started doing it in comic books).

The 1948 comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein actually features three legendary movie monsters from the Universal Pictures roster — Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and The Wolf Man. Universal had recycled their horror characters in countless movies, this being the final film to feature all three together.

This Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein poster is actually what is known as a movie poster insert. An insert is a 14″ and 36″ poster printed on card stock that was popular in the early days of film exhibition. (The insert size/format was discontinued in the mid 1980s — it remains as one of the most popular categories in movie poster collecting.) For our money, the painted faces of “Bud and Lou” look far more scary on this insert poster than the three monsters. (And some people think retouching is a modern invention.)

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  1. AndrewOctober 27, 2005 at 8:32 PMReply

    Great picture, historic for one reason especially: despite many Dracula sequels, this was the only other time Bela Lugosi played the Count. Truly funny and truly creepy. As far as I can tell, this film is the origin of the “monster camp” sensibilities that came to flower in the Sixties in the Mad Monster Party film, Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and Monster Laffs bubble-gum cards. And it has more in common with Van Helsing than that latter film wishes to admit…

  2. ZepOctober 28, 2005 at 12:46 AMReply

    And it is really funny. I really died laughing when A&C built this barricade at the door, which unfortunately opened in the other direction!

  3. trevor cainMarch 7, 2007 at 2:16 PMReply

    does anyone know where to find this actual insert copy???

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