A compilation of clips from 19 Abbott & Costello features: The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, In the Navy, Hit the Ice, Who Done It?, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Mexican Hayride, ...
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Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry ... See full summary »
Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with ... 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 service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their trip to claim their fortune is sidetracked when they are stranded in a haunted house ... See full summary »
A compilation of clips from 19 Abbott & Costello features: The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, In the Navy, Hit the Ice, Who Done It?, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Mexican Hayride, Hold That Ghost, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Little Giant, In Society, Ride 'Em Cowboy, The Naughty Nineties, Buck Privates Come Home, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops, Lost in Alaska, Comin' Round the Mountain, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Written by
Tom Weaver <TomWeaver@aol.com>
There's a great documentary out there about Bud and Lou. Unfortunately, this isn't it
If you're not really an Abbott & Costello fan, there's not much chance of this documentary making you one. Not because the team isn't funny or didn't make very funny movies (except towards the end of their career), but because this is a grating, annoying, almost completely incompetent piece of dreck that gives you virtually no insight as to why the two were so wildly popular, and the braying, obnoxious narration of Jack E. Leonard--an aggressive, tenth-rate nightclub "insult" comic in the Don Rickles tradition but without an iota of Rickles' talent--sinks whatever slight potential this dud may have had. Leonard sounds more like he's auditioning for a nightclub gig than narrating a documentary; much of his "narration" consists of stupid puns and unfunny "jokes" delivered at his trademark machine-gun pace, which is completely inappropriate for this kind of movie. There's not much background information given on the team, which is just one example of the sloppiness and carelessness that characterizes this film. Another one is the fact that the clips that are shown aren't in any particular order, so you get no sense of the progression of the team's career, and, if I recall correctly, little or no mention is made of the battles they had that would result in their going for months without speaking to each other (and, in the cases of "The Time of Their Lives" and "Little Giant," arrange it so they had few scenes together). If you're an Abbott & Costello fan you won't find out anything you didn't already know about them from this annoying and incompetent mess. If you're not an A&C fan, then go out and rent some of their early (which are also their funniest) films, or get what is generally considered to be their absolute best movie: "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" from 1948. You'll learn a lot more about the team from those pictures than you will from this dog.
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