Jack and the Beanstalk

Abbott and Costello's Jack in the Beanstalk
Abbott and Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the only two films that  Abbott and Costello made in color.   It is a children’s movie that adults can enjoy as well.   The beginning and...
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Bagel Street, aka. Susquehannah Hat Company

Abbott and Costello - Bagel Street
Bagel Street, aka. Susquehanna Hat Company, aka. Fluegel Street routine – Abbott and Costello  skit, taken from In Society This is a classic vaudeville routine and highly popular with the fans of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.  During the filming ofIn Society, Lou wanted to include this routine in the movie. However, because...
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Lost in a Harem

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in a publicity photo from Lost in a Harem
Abbott and Costello’s  Lost in a Harem  (1944) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell Lost in a Harem is one of  Abbott and Costello’s best films, filmed at the MGM studios.   The film has a vaudeville show stranded in the mythical city of Port Inferno somewhere in...
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Hit the Ice

Hit the Ice - Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
 Hit the Ice (1943) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ginny Sims, Sheldon Leonard Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Weejie McCoy (Lou Costello) take pictures of a bank robbery. They’re lured to the mountain resort hideout of the robbers, accompanied by Dr. Bill Elliott (Patric Knowles) and Peggy Osborn...
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Who’s on First? script

Little Giant - Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
Who’s on First? Abbott and Costello’s signature routine The most famous of all of  Abbott and Costello’s  routines, Who’s on First? had been performed countless times in vaudeville and on radio, as well as a shortened version of it in their first movie, One Night in the Tropics€œ,...
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The Feud of Abbott and Costello

Lou Costello and Bud Abbott in Newsweek 1940
(originally published in TV Forecast and Guide, March 7, 1953)  One of the worst kept secrets in show business a few years back was the backstage feuding of the top comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It seemed hard to believe that the finely balanced pair could be...
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Introduction to Abbott and Costello, famous comedy team

Lou Costello and Bud Abbott getting soaked in The Buzzing Bee, aka. Busy Bee
Introduction to  Abbott and Costello, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time Abbott and Costello  was a legendary comedy team, consisting of  Bud Abbott, the tall, thin straight man, and  Lou Costello, the short, pudgy comic. They were famous for their rapid-fire verbal exchanges, and Costello’s...
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Bud Abbott: the man everyone forgot!

Bud Abbott: the man everyone forgot!
Bud Abbott: the man everyone forgot(originally published in Screen Stories, June 1960) Gray-haired Bud Abbott stared bleakly out of his breakfast-room window, at the brown, untended lawn and grounds of his Encino, California home. Although it was past noon, he still wore his bedroom slippers, pajamas and white...
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My cure for sorrow, by Lou Costello

Lou Costello in From Bed to Worse
(originally published in Journal of Living, January 1954) Lou Costello: My Cure For Sorrow, As told to Vivian Cosby A funny man’s prescription for grief that can work for everyone as it has for him. “Why did this have to happen to me?” A few years ago, when...
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