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The Army Story

The Army Story - The Abbott and Costello Show

The Army StoryThe Abbott and Costello Show, originally aired January 23, 1953

In The Army Story, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello join the National Guard, giving them an opportunity to rehash some of their routines from Buck Privates.


Hillary Brooke’s goodbye kiss for Lou
  • Lou lets Hillary think that he’s going away to the Army … and gets a goodbye kiss from Hillary Brooke! Of course, when she discovers that he’s only going a few blocks away, she’s less tender.
  • Joe plays jump rope with Stinky (Joe Besser) “one last time”.
  • Lou runs into Mike the Cop (Gordon Jones) on the way out of the apartment building … literally.
  • There’s no need to say goodbye to Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk) since he’s also going into the National Guard. In fact, he’s there for the dice routine and hits Lou in the hide with his rifle multiple times in the drilling routine later on.

Routines include:

  • Lou Costello “proves” that 28 / 7 = 13 to Sid Fields, as he pays off their back room rent, $7/week for 13 weeks, for $28
  • Dice routine
  • Drilling routine

Funny quotes

Bud: Your uncle was in the last war?
Lou: He was right where the bullets were the thickest!
Bud: Where?
Lou: Hiding under the ammunition truck!

Bud: Costello, is this one of your relatives?
Lou: Mine are living!

Corporal Bud: What did you say?
Lou: I was talkin’ to myself.
Corporal Bud: Don’t talk so loud.
Lou: I have to hear what I’m sayin’ … [Bud slaps him]

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