Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

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


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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Release Date:

5 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film, made by MGM under the studio's loanout deal with Universal for the team's services, is set on the MGM lot, but the studio's major stars - Clark Gable, Lana Turner and Judy Garland - are only mentioned by name and not seen. The actual cameos were confined to second-tier stars Rags Ragland, Preston Foster, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins and Lucille Ball. See more »


When Abercrombie (actually, Lou Costello's obvious stunt double) pulls himself up on the "DON'T STAND UP!" sign on the roller coaster, part of his head disappears when the roller coaster cars pass beneath in a special effects shot. See more »


Buzz Kurtis: Every time you open your mouth, what happens?
Abercrombie: I eat.
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Featured in Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (1994) See more »


Fun on the Wonderful Midway
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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24 December 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Casting the boys as barbers in a Hollywood studio provides all sorts of comedic possibilities. However, in my book, only some skits work, while others go on past the point of maximum laugh effect. The roller-coaster whirlwind is a real grabber, but loses effect by overdoing. Still the first minute or so of onrushing cars almost had me under the seat. Also, the balloon shaving bit goes on long after its comedic point has been made. Nonetheless, other bits work well. Poor Costello—I don't know how many of the barroom stunts were his and not those of a double, but either way he should have gotten triple pay. It's not until you see athletic skits such as this that you realize how many physical skills the little fat guy has.

It's fun glimpsing behind-the-scenes activities of movie-making. Shooting the musical scene, for example, with its exploding set looks like it requires all the skills of a military operation to make sure everything goes right. Then too, the rivalry between LeMaise (Stanton) and Parker (Bob Haymes, Dick's brother) over the lead in a movie also shows the business side of the industry, in humorous A&C fashion, of course. And get a load of long-legged Frances Rafferty (Claire) getting to show off her dancing and singing talents in a sprightly musical number. She certainly deserved a bigger career than she got.

Anyway, the movie's one of the team's most interesting if not their funniest and still merits a look-see.

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