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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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Bob Haymes ...
Jeff Parker (as Robert Stanton)
Norman Royce
'Rags' Ragland (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Klondike Pete
Carleton G. Young ...
Gregory LeMaise
Donald MacBride ...
Dennis Kavanaugh
Edgar Dearing ...
Al - First Studio Cop
Marion Martin ...
Miss Milbane
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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A DOUBLE-BARRELLED FUN BURST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

5 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Abbott and Costello in Hollywood  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 22 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by New York City Monday 11 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Philadelphia Saturday 23 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was first aired 16 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). 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 »


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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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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