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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:
Although Hillary Brooke appears a lot taller than Lou Costello in the show she is in reality only one inch taller. She wore high heels to make it appear she was taller.See more »
Quotes:
Bud Abbott:Just mark down, "Dear druggist".
Lou Costello:"Dear druggist"... Go ahead.
Bud Abbott:Here's what you want. You want seven milligrams of sulfursilic monosetic acid diluted in seven micrograms of tincturized chlorophyll. Have you got that?
Lou Costello:All but one part.
Bud Abbott:What part?
Lou Costello:The part that comes after "Dear druggist".
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The grandfather of modern sitcoms?, 23 June 2002
Author: frankfob from California

Sitcoms had been around for a few years when this show premiered, but none of them were anywhere near as funny (Jerry Seinfeld is on record as saying this show was the inspiration for his creating "Seinfeld") as this one. The premise of the show lent itself to Bud & Lou's reprising many of their most famous routines, and it was good to see them back in action. The two of them--especially Costello--seemed to have regained the spark they once had before a string of movie failures and the team's personal and physical problems (Lou's infant son had fallen into their backyard pool and drowned several years previously, a tragedy Lou never got over; Bud--unknown to many at the time--had epilepsy and his seizures were becoming more serious) combined to send their career into a tailspin, and this show was their chance to revive it. Even though Costello was no longer a young man (he was in his mid-50s when the series debuted) he could still take the pratfalls he was famous for, and the team's exquisite sense of timing seemed to have resurfaced (in one episode they did their famous "Lemon" gag that was simply amazing to watch). A first-rate supporting cast and a somewhat more adult atmosphere (Costello had a major--and completely understandable--case of the hots for beautiful Hillary Brooke, and he and Joe Besser's wonderful Stinky had some quite nasty fights) elevated this show beyond just kid's fare.

Although it lasted only two seasons, this is a very fondly remembered show. It holds up well and is just as funny today as it was back when it was first shown.

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