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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal, 1948). Half Sheet (22" X 28"). In 1948, two of Universal's big breadwinners -- the monster series and comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello -- could not halt a box-office and critical slump. The studio played Dr. Frankenstein and decided to combine these disparate parts, but Costello resisted such mad experimentation, with a declaration oft-heard in Hollywood: "No way I'll do that crap. My little girl could write something better than this." A $50,000 advance in salary convinced him otherwise. The other jewels in the crown needed no such reassurance; Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney and Glenn Strange all signed on to reprise their famous roles, and even Boris Karloff did publicity for the film. Everything worked out better than Costello could have hoped, with the film becoming the studio's second-highest grosser of the year and enduring as a beloved fan favorite. This hilarious half sheet has had minor tears and very minor paper loss repaired on its left side and in the lower-right corner, wrinkling and crease marks have been smoothed out, and an extra vertical fold line is visible in the center. Fine/Very Fine on Paper.

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