Abbott and Costello in Hollywood is classic Abbott and Costello in the very best sense. The movie begins with Bud Abbott, who has gone to barber school, conning Lou Costello out of his money. Bud is giving Lou lessons on how to shave a customer, using a balloon with lather as a shaving dummy. Bud is using the handle to ‘shave’ the balloon, while making sure that Lou is using the blade, so that Lou is constantly popping the balloon, and having to keep paying Bud for more shaving lessons. Lou eventually gets wise, and decides to finally ‘graduate’ – unfortunately, he’s moved the balloon onto the heat radiator.
As funny as this is, it’s only the introduction, setting the characters of Bud and Lou for the movie. They work as a barber and shoe shine respectively, outside of a Hollywood talent agency. After a young singer (Bob Haymes) has his chance at stardom taken away by a vain Hollywood actor, Bud and Lou decide to become the young man’s talent agents – to help him get the role back, as well as making ‘easy money’ as talent agents.
A very funny movie, with several excellent routines (in addition to shaving the balloon, Bud and Lou battle insomnia, and a very classic routine where Lou can’t hear Bud’s instructions while wearing earplugs).
Trivia for Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)
- After the disappointing performance of this film at the box office, MGM dropped its option to produce more Bud Abbott & Lou Costello films.
- The film takes place on the MGM lot, but the names of the studio’s major stars, Gable, Turner, and Garland, are only mentioned. The actual cameos were confined to second tier stars Rags Ragland, Preston Foster, Butch Jenkins, and Lucille Ball.
Funny movie quotes from Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): I gotta break the date.
Ruthie: What date?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): Donât you remember? June 22nd?
Ruthie: June 22nd? I don’t remember anything about a date.
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): Oh, yes. Don’t you remember? I said I was gonna take you to the Palladium a long time ago, and you said, “See me next year.” Well, tonight the year is up.
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): [starting to shave Rags] Now, I got the razor and the smelling salts.
Rags Ragland: The what?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): The smellin’ salts.
Rags Ragland: Whatâs that for?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): I faint when I see the sight of blood.
Rags Ragland: Ohâ¦ [after a delayed reaction] Blood! Look, if you cut me, thereâs gonna be plenty of blood, and it’s all gonna be yours!
Mr. Burvis, Ruthie’s Boss: [reacting to a verbal spat between two of his manicurists] My shop is for hair cutting, not hair pulling!
Gregory LeMaise: [In disguise with a beard] Did you ever hear the one about the guy who was so brave he stuck his right arm into a lion’s mouth, right up to there.
[he motions to his shoulder]
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): [also in disguise] He stuck his right arm in a lion’s mouth up to there?
[also motioning to his shoulder]
Gregory LeMaise: Yeah!
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): His right arm?
Gregory LeMaise: Yeah!
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): What’s his name?
Gregory LeMaise: Lefty!
[he breaks into raucous laughter]
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): [he spills his drink into Ambercrombie’s turban which is on his lap] You get it?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): [both are laughing] I didn’t get it that time.
Gregory LeMaise: You didn’t?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): No, no.
Gregory LeMaise: Lefty!
[he laughs even louder as Ambercrombie absentmindedly puts his turban on, drenching himself with the drink]
Gregory LeMaise: [Ambercrombie stops laughing] You know, you’re a great fellow. You made me forget my troubles.
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): You’ve drowned mine!
Gregory LeMaise: [laughs] You’ve got troubles too?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): Yes, sir.
Gregory LeMaise: [laughing] No, but I’ve got real troubles. I killed a man!
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): [reacting to the camera] A man killed me. Thatâs why I’m wearing this fake beard.
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): A face like mine is hard to forget.
Buzz Kurtis (Bud Abbott): How do you know?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): Iâve been tryin’ for years!
Buzz Kurtis (Bud Abbott): You can’t sleep?
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): No.
Buzz Kurtis (Bud Abbott): I’ve got just the thing for you. Donât go away.
[He leaves the room]
Buzz Kurtis (Bud Abbott): [returning with a phonograph record] Well, pal, here it is.
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): What do you got there?
Buzz Kurtis (Bud Abbott): [reading the label] “Go To Sleep with Dr. Caswell Snide.”
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): Oh, no! I wanna sleep alone!
Buzz Kurtis (Bud Abbott): Now, listen. This is even better than you getting socked. You’re dead!
Abercrombie (Lou Costello): If I’m dead, then … then why am I so hungry?