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, ... See full summary »
Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in boot camp. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop... See full summary »
In one of his rare performances without Bud Abbott, Lou Costello plays a rubbish collector and inventor. When radiation in a nearby cave turns his girlfriend into a giantess, antics ensure ... See full summary »
Abbott and Costello are two window washers who are mistaken by Nick Craig, a bookie, as the messengers he sent for to pick up $50,000. Now the person he sent them to sent two of his men to ... See full summary »
Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things ... See full summary »
Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »
A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.
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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