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Originally aired on December 14, 1952, The Colgate Comedy Hour starring Abbott and Costello begins with The Four Pipers singing about 11 shopping days till Christmas and how they can't wait. Bud and Lou then appear in front of various department stores as they scheme to get some money from various passersby but keep failing. For instance, Lou insults a man's wife's hat and the man agrees! Then, Lou accuses another man in a couple of kissing another woman, the lady standing next to him says that woman is his wife and begs Lou not to tell anybody! Finally, Lou accuses a man carrying a package of stealing it. The man confesses and gives it to him! As Lou hands it to Bud, the man that it was stolen from confronts Abbott and pushes him through a glass window! Costello lets Abbott stew for awhile as Bud tries to pin the blame on his partner but the man doesn't believe him as Bud once again gets pushed through a window! End of first sketch. After commercial, Buster Shaver and his little lady partner Olive dance to Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Hello, Young Lovers". Then acrobats Tom and Jerry do some stunts on some giant monkey bars. Next, Bud needs his scalp done and turns on the radio so Lou can follow everything the man on it says. As the announcer (Sid Fields) mentions how to apply solution on the scalp, Lou leaves for awhile as Bud sleeps and we find out what we heard was a commercial and the real program begins which is about how to prepare a turkey dinner! Every time the announcer mentions about what to do about the "noodle", Costello does everything he says to Abbott's head such as cracking eggs, putting a can of mushrooms on it (before being told to skip it if he wants!), and finally, putting a turkey on it before putting Abbott in the oven at 250 degrees! Abbbott, of course, threatens to kill him! End of second sketch. After another commercial, Margaret Whiting appears and sings, "Gypsy in My Soul", and "Why Won't You Believe Me?". Then, Abbott and Costello are delivery men who, in a variation of the "Pack and Unpack" routine, keep bringing and taking various presents whenever Mr. Fields and his wife keep arguing about whether or not to keep them. After Costello suggests a divorce for them, first the wife, then Mr. Fields, then Abbott leave the scene with Costello alone saying goodbye to the crew and props with a final goodbye to the fireplace as he shakes the fireplace's hand leaving Lou with shock as he falls over backwards! End of third sketch. After another commercial, announcer Hal Sawyer appears on screen to introduce The Nicholas Brothers as Fayard and Harold do their famous tapping routines ending with their well-known splits. Then Abbott introduces conductor Al Goodman as Costello causes havoc with the music director as they go offstage to punching sound effects and Lou comes back saying Al is in a straitjacket as he conducts and sings with The Four Pipers a pretty good version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas". Then the show ends as a comical fight brews between Costello and various musicians ending with Goodman shooting the chandelier that lands on Lou's head! Then as curtain falls, Abbott and Costello say goodnight as credits roll...Mostly amusing show with many hilarious ad-libs from Lou that cause Abbott and many of the band members to crack up. Kinescope quality is excellent for a live broadcast from the early '50s transferred to a late '80s videocassette. Many of what I've just described can be a little silly but if you're in the right mood, it can also be highly amusing. Many Abbott and Costello regulars from their TV shows and movies to appear in this show besides Sid Fields include Gordon Jones, Dorothy Granger, and, Lou's friend in pranks, Bobby Barber. If you're an Abbott and Costello enthusiast, I suggest you seek this one out.
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