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    Bud Abbott's Screen-Worn Mask from "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." Donning this papier-mâché wolf mask in prominent scenes throughout Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Bud Abbott made the most of the prop, using it in some of the most hilarious sequences in the film. Cajoling with Lon Chaney Jr.'s character (Wolf Man/Larry Talbot) before and during the memorable costume ball scene -- without pesky Dracula (Bela Lugosi) or Frankenstein (Glenn Strange) getting in the way -- Abbott scored serious laughs with the mask by his side or over his characteristically smirking expression. The mask was part of Emile LaVigne's collection from his 40-year career as a makeup artist in Hollywood. LaVigne, the makeup mastermind who worked on Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, retained the mask, obviously treasuring his time spent on set with the actors while making the comedy-horror classic. As a sentimental keepsake from the production, the cherished mask was kept by LaVigne until his death in 1990, at which point it was handed down to his family. An amazing vintage horror artifact from a classic Universal film!

    (Watch a video of Abbott and Costello and the masks)


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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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