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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Approved | | Comedy | 5 October 1945 (USA)
When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.

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Jeff Parker (as Robert Stanton)
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Norman Royce
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'Rags' Ragland (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Dennis Kavanaugh
Edgar Dearing ...
Al - First Studio Cop
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Miss Milbane
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Director Lippen
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Kavanaugh's Assistant (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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Buzz and Abercrombie are agents trying to get Jeff Parker the lead in a movie musical. Routines include Lou's insomnia and his being unable to hear Bud due to his wearing an earplug. Lots of movie studio stuff. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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5 October 1945 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last of three films that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made on loan to MGM while under contract to Universal, the other two being Rio Rita (1942) and Lost in a Harem (1944). During production on this film, Abbott and Costello returned to the Universal studio on May 13 for re-shoots for The Naughty Nineties (1945). See more »

Goofs

When Lou is sitting with the fake beard on and he puts the turban on his lap, the man next to him pours milk into the turban but it splashes all over Lou's hand. Lou then places the turban back on his head as if he didn't know it was full of milk. See more »

Quotes

Abercrombie: I gotta break the date.
Ruthie: What date?
Abercrombie: Don't you remember? June 22nd?
Ruthie: June 22nd? I don't remwember anything about a date.
Abercrombie: 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.
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Soundtracks

The Cocabola Tree
(uncredited)
by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Jean Porter and The Lyttle Sisters
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A & C's farewell to MGM
7 November 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Being yet still in the womb and pondering my next move when this was released in the UK, it was to be several years before I actually caught up with it - during an Abbott & Costello festival at my hometown theater.

One's opinion these days depends whether you "recall it" as life WAS in the mid fifties or as an entity in its own right in 2003. Fact is, it was one funny movie and as well as being the last they actually made for MGM and remembering, that the war was not officially over during early filming, it actually had a sizeable budget allocated to it.

Way better than LOST IN A HAREM, Lou was a hoot here as a Hollywood agent (with Bud) trying to get their client the lead role in a musical. Arguably the best routine on offer was that wherein Lou remains awake listening to a record designed to make him sleep.

One of their more enduring films.


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