Wednesday, July 02, 2008

That Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein Chair

WatchBlog reader Paul White was the first to respond to my request for frame grabs depicting the prop loveseat I photographed on the set of Larry Blamire's forthcoming DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, reputed to have originally appeared in ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948).

As you can see, what Larry Blamire's universe has conjoined was asunder in the older film. The make of the chairs is certainly identical -- though, as Larry told me, the furniture has been reupholstered. However, as Paul's grabs show, the loveseat appears in the earlier film as two separate chairs.

Either they were commingled for an intermediary film by a skilled carpenter or, more likely, the chairs seen in the A&C classic are not exactly the same piece of furniture. That said, the loveseat is obviously part of the same matching set and may well have appeared elsewhere in the movie, in another area of Dracula's castle.

What I want to know is, if the D&SN loveseat was actually cobbled together from two once-separate chairs, and Lou Costello sat there first...

Who's on first?

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