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"The Abbott and Costello Show" (1952) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1952-1953

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The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 2: Episode 11 -- Lou plans to marry Edna, his lonely-hearts penpal, but Bud wants to break up the romance. He convinces Lou that he has amnesia and has a friend pose as Edna to make his life miserable
The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 2: Episode 3 -- Mrs. Olga Van Goo, a wealthy society woman, hires Bud and Lou to impersonate the Duke of Gluten and the Earl of Waldo at her formal reception. But a series of etiquette miscues leads to a food-flinging finale.
The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 2: Episode 1 -- While attempting to free it from a tight space, the boys damage Mrs. Bronson’s car. Mr. Fields has the boys wallpaper her apartment. Later, they become waiters at a tough seafood joint where they get into a brawl.
The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 2: Episode 26 -- After helping Mrs. Bronson with her amateur benefit show, Bud is exhausted and asks Lou to give him a relaxing rub down by following the instructions of a radio masseuse.
The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1: Episode 26 -- Bingo is sick in bed with a 172 degree temperature. Lou figures that he misses his family, so the entire gang heads to the Belgian Congo to find Bingo’s father. Lou tangles with a real gorilla, thinking it's Bud in a monkey suit.

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
14 September 1957 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.
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Cast

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Bud Abbott ... Bud Abbott (52 episodes, 1952-1954)

Lou Costello ... Lou Costello (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
Sid Fields ... Sid Fields / ... (50 episodes, 1952-1954)
Gordon Jones ... Mike Kelly / ... (34 episodes, 1952-1953)

Bobby Barber ... Hercules / ... (26 episodes, 1952-1954)
Hillary Brooke ... Hillary Brooke / ... (23 episodes, 1952-1953)
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Series Directed by
Jean Yarbrough (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
 
Series Writing credits
Sid Fields (25 episodes, 1952-1954)
Clyde Bruckman (15 episodes, 1953)
Jack Townley (10 episodes, 1953)
Eddie Forman (6 episodes, 1952-1953)

Series Produced by
Pat Costello .... executive producer (51 episodes, 1952-1954)
Jean Yarbrough .... producer (50 episodes, 1952-1954)
Alex Gottlieb .... producer (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Original Music by
Raoul Kraushaar (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
Mort Glickman (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Cinematography by
George Robinson (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Jack MacKenzie (26 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. (22 episodes, 1952-1953)
Otho Lovering (19 episodes, 1953-1954)
William Austin (9 episodes, 1953)
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. (2 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dave Milton (13 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Eugene S. Kelley (21 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Makeup Department
Abe Haberman .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... production supervisor (26 episodes, 1952-1953)
Joe Wonder .... production manager (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
Rex Bailey .... production manager (13 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Art Department
Lou Asher .... property master / master of properties (27 episodes, 1953-1954)
Eugene S. Kelley .... set supervisor (2 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert Pritchard .... sound recordist / sound (15 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (26 episodes, 1953-1954)
Jack R. Glass .... special photographic effects / photographic effects (21 episodes, 1952-1953)

Bob Overbeck .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Albert Deano .... wardrobe (48 episodes, 1952-1954)
 
Series Editorial Department
Otho Lovering .... supervising editor (22 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Music Department
Grace Merrick .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1953-1954)
Mahlon Merrick .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Other crew
Milt Bronson .... dialogue director (14 episodes, 1953-1954)
Eugene S. Kelley .... set supervisor (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
 

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Runtime:
25 min (52 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
In the first season, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had a pet chimp named Bingo the Chimp. Costello didn't particularly like Bingo and apparently Bingo sensed it, because while they were filming a scene one day, Bingo turned and bit him. Costello demanded that Bingo be fired, and since his company was producing the show, Bingo was gone the next week and was never mentioned in the series again.See more »
Quotes:
[Mr. Davis walks into bedroom, crash is heard, and Abbott looks in]
Sidney:What's wrong?
Bud Abbott:No floor.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
All of the greatest Burlesque routines done for the ages, 4 August 2004
Author: max von meyerling from New York

The raison d'etre of these 52 shows is the desire of Lou Costello to leave behind definitive versions of all of their burlesque and vaudeville routines. Most of these were not original, some having circulated since Plautus. Floogle Street (also known, incorrectly, as the Susquehanna Hat Company), Crazy House,

Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turn) were all such staples that every new burlesque comic was expected to know them in case they were needed to fill in at a moments notice. They were part of the stock repertoire. What Abbott and Costello did was present the absolute perfect version of each bit. It was this absolute perfection which caused them to rise to the very top of burlesque, and to, uniquely, make the transition to the mass medium of films.

They did these bits in their films but they were usually compromised by having plots and sub plots and romance and songs and whatever the studio executives or their agents (actually the same person) thought people who went to the movies wanted. Comparing their late films with the TV series is night and day. They look old and tired and out of shape in the films but crisp and perfectly timed on TV. The big difference with the TV series is that Lou Costello was in complete charge and did things his way. Absolutely the ne plus ultra of the burlesque comic genre, pardon my French.

One day the National Film Registry will have to list the entire series as a national treasure. Lou Costello was right and their act was for the ages and this black and white series preserves it perfectly. Meanwhile watch that bit again where Mr. Bacciagalupe (I still call my greengrocer Mr. Bacciagalupe) convinces Lou that two bananas are really three bananas. Also the routine where Abbott convinces Costello not to let Mike the Cop push them around which keeps getting Lou hit on the head which is so much like modern international politics that it's frightening.

P.S. Doing my Joe Besser ('Stinky') impression got me out of the draft.

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