Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953): Comedy from Popular Team

In the 1940s and 1950s, the popular comedy team of Abbott and Costello made several movies that spoofed the classic Universal horror films of the 1930s.

The narrative premise of these pictures was always the same, detailing how Abbott and Costello “meet” Hollywood’s classic monsters, and the consequences of these encounters.

In this 1953 vehicle, one of their weaker ones, the comedians go to space in the company of gangsters escaping from prison. The first sight the see upon landing in Venus are sexy, minimally dressed women (by standards of the 1950s, of course).

You can spot in small part the boxomy Anita Ekberg, a Swedish actress who would become an internationa sex icon, especially after appearing in Fellini’s masterpiece, La Dolce Vita.

The direction of the film by Charles Lamont is pedestrian, but the entire tale runs only 76 minutes.

For a better vehicle of the popular team, see Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).

Directed by Charles Barton, in this tale, Abbott plays Chick Young and Costello is Wilburn Grey, railway porters who deliver the “undead” bodies of Frankenstein’s Monster (Glenn Strange) and Dracula (Bela Lugosi) to a wax museum where the corpses are revived.

Awakened, Dracula decides to replace the catatonic Monster’s brain with dim-witted Costello’s because it would make the beast easier to control.  As Lawrence Talbot, Lon Chaney Jr. tries to help the team, but at night, when there is full moon, he turns into a Wolfman.
The movie, in black-and-white, was a huge box-office hot, encouraging Universal to launch a whole series of films.
Chick Young (Bud Abbott)
Wilbur Grey (Lou Castello)
Lawrence Talbot/The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.)
Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
The Monster (Glenn Strange)
Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert)
Joan Raymond (Jane Randolph)
McDougal (Frank Ferguson)
Dr. Stevens (Charles Bradstreet)
Harris (Howard Negley)
Produced by Robert Arthur
Directed by Charles Barton
Screenplay: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, John Grany (based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)
Camera: Charles Van Enger
Editor: Frank Gross
Music: Frank Skinner
F/X: David Horsley
Running time: 83 Minutes