The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1, Episode 5

The Birthday Party (2 Jan. 1953)

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Lou invites Mr. Fields to his birthday party, but Bud winds up kicking Lou out of his own party.



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Episode cast overview:
Hillary Brooke ...
Hillary Brooke
Sid Fields ...
Sid Fields (as Sidney Fields)
Gordon Jones ...
Joe Kirk ...
Mrs. Crumbcake (as Alvia Allman)
Sarah Padden ...
Old Lady on Street (as Sara Padden)


Lou invites Mr. Fields to his birthday party, but Bud winds up kicking Lou out of his own party.

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Comedy | Family




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2 January 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Sid Fields: No dessert.
Lou Costello: Oh, yes, we're going to have dessert. Apple pie.
Sid Fields: But no ice cream, huh?
Lou Costello: We're gonna have ice cream. I'm going to put it on apple pie.
Sid Fields: What flavor?
Lou Costello: Vanilla.
Sid Fields: Vanilla. Plain vanilla or anything particular?
Lou Costello: How about strawberry? I'll put strawberry on it.
Sid Fields: Oh, strawberry?
Lou Costello: Yeah.
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Strange Departure For This Series & Lou's Birthday
5 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw this it is only the second time I've seen Lou Costello trying to do a pathos type of comedy. The first time was in the feature Little Giant. The effort in Little Giant is more successful.

Eddie Forman's script here has Abbott & Costello hosting a birthday party for Lou. Lou serves all his friends (by accident) crackers laced with rat poison. Everybody at the party chokes on the poison & Abbott gets angry & screams at Lou to get out. Bud's screaming looks so real that you would think the two were actually fighting again when the episode was filmed.

Despondent about his mistake, Lou then wanders aimlessly about town for a while & then goes to the bakery to order a huge birthday for himself to cheer himself up. While an interesting departure for this series, this one does not really work real well with the only funny moments at the party & the bakery. In between is just too serious.

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