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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)
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Ruthie
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Norman Royce
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'Rags' Ragland (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Klondike Pete
Carleton G. Young ...
Gregory LeMaise
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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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A DOUBLE-BARRELLED FUN BURST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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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

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Abercrombie: A face like mine is hard to forget.
Buzz Kurtis: How do you know?
Abercrombie: I've been tryin' for years!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Cocabola Tree
(uncredited)
by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Jean Porter and The Lyttle Sisters
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"That's dope. You wanna be a dope fiend?"
23 December 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello play bumbling barbers who become talent agents. Their first (and only) client is singer and actor Bob Haymes. They go to great lengths to make him a success. Fun but lesser outing from Bud and Lou; their last of three for MGM. The Hollywood backdrop provides for some funny gags like Lou pretending to be a stunt dummy. They don't get to meet any really big stars. Sure, there's Lucille Ball, but this is before TV. She was a B-level star at this time. In addition to her there's Preston Foster, Butch Jenkins, and Rags Ragland -- hardly the cream of MGM's crop. Rags' scene is pretty funny, though. Mike Mazurki, Warner Anderson, and Donald MacBride are all good in supporting parts. Frances Rafferty and Jean Porter provide the pretty. Haymes gets some singing numbers but nothing particularly noteworthy. Like I said, it's a fun Abbott & Costello movie but not one of their best. Certainly not something you'll regret watching. A nice way to pass the time.


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