Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This old fart has a dangerous stare
His lips part and two fangs he will bare
He's allergic to wood
So most furniture's good
Give his heart a good bang with a chair.
Bud Abbott in action! Chick Young (Abbott) fends off Dracula (Béla Lugosi) in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948). With Lenore Aubert as Dr. Sandra Mornay. And are those the Monster's giant boots in the foreground?
Behind the Scenes, Department: After composing a limerick, I'm often stuck for a title, and call on my LimerWrecks lurkers for ideas. For this one, Norm Knott came up with a few dozen, including A HEADFUL OF CHAIR, CHAIR WEATHER FRIEND, HERE, THERE AND EVERY CHAIR and SHAVE AND A CHAIR CUT. David Cairns submitted FURNI-CHEWER, CHAIR TODAY, LEG OF HAM, WOODEN PERFORMANCE, STAKE A SEAT and IKEA DARK STRANGER. Incapable of making a Sophie's Choice, I used one of my own, the relatively uninspired "Rumble Seating."
Monday, March 10, 2014
In the lab, does this loup-garou mellow,
Meeting Abbott and, through him, Costello?
No, he's savage as ever
And he'll ravage and sever
On the slab poor old Lou starts to bellow.
It's Larry Talbot to the rescue, in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Lon Chaney Jr. as Talbot, with Béla Lugosi, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and Lenore Aubert and Glenn Strange.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
When the greatest of monsters regroup
They've gained weight, they look wan, and they droop
Jesters pester and taunt them
And one question will haunt them:
Play it straight, or join comedy troupe?
Lou Costello is Wilbur, mugging with Béla Lugosi as Dracula, Glenn Strange as the Monster, and Lon Chaney Jr as the Wolf Man, in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
Saturday, March 8, 2014
First a slit, then she'll open his skull
For what's in it she's hoping to cull
Let mad science explain
Why they'd pry out his brain
When the wits in the dope are so dull.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948). Lou Costello is Wilbur Grey, and Lenore Aubert is Dr. Sandra Mornay, the mad doctor of the piece.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Short on smarts, little Wilbur's maligned
Faint of heart, he lacks will in a bind
He's defenseless and weak
But it's dense these two seek
Evil partners who'd kill for his mind.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948): Lou Costello as Wilbur Grey, Béla Lugosi as Count Dracula, and Lenore Aubert as Dr. Sandra Mornay, the show's requisite mad doctor.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Here's a verse about cuddly Lou
Took the worst that his "buddy" could do
I don't know about what,
But he'd go a bit nuts
And at first was befuddled who's who.
Today is the birthday of Louis Francis Cristillo (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959), better known by his stage name, Lou Costello.
It is brains that mad scientists crave
Which explains their late nights by a grave
Matter dull and slow-witted
Into skulls retrofitted
Pried from craniums slightly concave.
David Cairns and Surly Hack
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Title to the contrary, there is no Doctor Frankenstein, but there is a surgeon named Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert), who, at the behest of Dracula (Béla Lugosi), prepares to transplant a more compliant brain into the Monster (Glenn Strange).
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
You can bet he's a load with some heft
Dans la tête though, this schmoe is bereft
With a figure unsightly
The guy's big but not sprightly
All his get up and go up and left.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948): Glenn Strange as the Monster, Lenore Aubert as the "mad" surgeon, and Béla Lugosi as Count Dracula. Title by nonfat-top David Cairns.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A dunderhead duo of gents
I wonder which screwball's less dense
Insane or just loony,
Their brains are both puny
Short of funds when they pool their two cents.
Lou Costello as Wilbur Grey, and Glenn Strange as the Monster in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948). Title by wonderhead David Cairns.
Monday, March 3, 2014
There's trouble when moons begin glowing
His stubble will soon start in growing
This wracks him with worry
Will his package turn furry?
Li'l tubby here better get going.
The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr) stalks Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948).
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The light of its beams frightens Larry
The sight of it gleaming is scary
When the orb is in full
With its horrible pull
He can't fight it, just screams and goes hairy.
Lon Chaney returns as moony Lawrence Talbot/the Wolf Man, in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948).
Saturday, March 1, 2014
When the moon waxes full in the sky
This maroon starts to loosen his tie
And, like beasts found in zoos,
Has the least need for shoes --
He's a lunatic wolf kind of guy.
Being a Wolf Man is hell on the haberdashery: Lon Chaney Jr in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton; 1948).
Friday, February 28, 2014
From England poor Larry is calling
Hands wringing, his hairy skin crawling
He's dropping a dime
But he'll stop any time,
Turned thingy that's feral and mauling.
“You don’t understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf.” -Larry Talbot
“You and twenty million other guys.” -Wilbur Grey
My favorite lines from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Lon Chaney Jr is Larry and Lou Costello is Wilbur.