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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

 -  Comedy  -  5 October 1945 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Frances Rafferty ...
Bob Haymes ...
Jeff Parker (as Robert Stanton)
Jean Porter ...
Ruthie
Warner Anderson ...
Norman Royce
Rags Ragland ...
'Rags' Ragland (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Klondike Pete
Carleton G. Young ...
Gregory LeMaise
Donald MacBride ...
Dennis Kavanaugh
Edgar Dearing ...
Al - First Studio Cop
Marion Martin ...
Miss Milbane
Arthur Space ...
Director Lippen
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Kavanaugh's Assistant (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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Storyline

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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A DOUBLE-BARRELLED FUN BURST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »
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5 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Abbott and Costello in Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's producer, Martin A. Gosch, was not an MGM in-house producer, as most producers were on MGM films. He was the producer for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's radio show, and they insisted that he produce this film rather than a studio producer they believed would be looking out for the studio's interests rather than theirs. See more »

Goofs

During Costello's shaving scene, members of the crew can be heard laughing off-camera. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Burvis, Ruthie's Boss: [reacting to a verbal spat between two of his manicurists] My shop is for hair cutting, not hair pulling!
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Fun on the Wonderful Midway
(uncredited)
by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Bob Haymes, Frances Rafferty and chorus
Arranged by Robert Franklyn and Kay Thompson
Orchestrated by Robert Franklyn
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Disappointingly weak romp for Bud & Lou
26 June 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I grew up with Abbott & Costello's movies and show (and even their cartoon) back on WPIX in the 1970s. In my eyes, they were the best comedy team ever, easily besting Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis and Hope & Crosby. Having recently begun re-watching A&C movies, I was reminded of just how funny they were. That is, until I got to "A&C in Hollywood." I didn't remember having seen it before, likely because WPIX only played A&C's Universal classics.

The problem here is that more than most other A&C movies, this was a bunch of gags loosely strung together with a weak story. Many of the gags weren't very funny and several of them just went on far too long, among them Costello hiding out as a stunt dummy on the set of a western and Costello having insomnia. The latter was especially tiresome. It went on for what seemed like 10-15 minutes and didn't advance the plot at all. How many times do we need to see A&C stuffing cotton in their ears, plucking it out, then repeating the process?

Even more disturbing was their plan to eliminate their client's rival. Framing the man for a fake murder? That's definitely not A&C's style. They had always had harmless if sometimes negligent fun, but this crossed the line into outright crime.

For a better take on the basic premise of this movie (two nobodies try to break into show business, with Costello being chased by an angry villain in the climax), try "Who Done It?" That film about two soda jerks trying to become radio mystery writers, made three years before this one, was a much better effort for both of them.


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