Bowery Boys Meet Frankenstein
In 1948 Universal Pictures struck boxoffice paydirt with the inspired idea of transplanting Lou Costello's brain in Glenn Strange as the Frankenstein monster. Just one year later at the low-rent Monogram Pictures, their copycat writers conspired to exchange Mr. Strange's brain with Huntz Hall's. The downward trend had, indeed, reached a freefall when Glenn Strange first met Abbott & Costello and wound up encountering the Bowery Boys in very short order! The occasion did, however, afford Glenn the opportunity of delivering the single greatest comic (!) performance of his lifetime when, as the hirsute gorilla-man "Atlas", he affects an uncanny pantomine of Huntz Hall as "Sach" -- replete with all the mincing steps and fey gestures! Thanks to his status as the reigning "coverboy" in Forry Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Glenn Strange's visage holds the distinction of probably usurping Boris Karloff as the iconic image of Frankenstein to an entire generation of "Monster Kids" of the 1960's!