Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's ... See full summary »
Abbott and Costello are two window washers who are mistaken by Nick Craig, a bookie, as the messengers that he sent to pick up $50,000. The person that he sent them to, has sent two of HIS ... See full summary »
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things ... See full summary »
Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if ... See full summary »
Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »
A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.
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
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When Lou is running up the roller coaster with the man chasing him, the man slips and falls, sliding back down - alone. But the next shot, close up, shows the man on top of Lou and fighting with him. See more »
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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