The Abbott and Costello Show: Season 1, Episode 17

The Wrestling Match (27 Mar. 1953)

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Lou & Stinky agree to do a charity wrestling match, but Stinky gets sick, so Lou is forced to wrestle Ivan the Terrible.



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Episode cast overview:
Hillary Brooke ...
Hillary Brooke
Sid Fields ...
Sid Fields (as Sidney Fields)
Joe Kirk ...
Gaston--Restaurant Manager
Emory Parnell ...
Bit (unconfirmed)
Restaurant Customer
Dorothy Granger ...
Arguing Wife
William Newell ...
Arguing Husband (as Wm. Newell)
Bingo the Chimp ...
Bingo the Chimp


Lou & Stinky agree to do a charity wrestling match, but Stinky gets sick, so Lou is forced to wrestle Ivan the Terrible.

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Comedy | Family




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27 March 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Funny stuff
17 November 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Mike the Cop catches Lou and Stinky fighting in the street and talks them into solving their problems by having a wresting match at the policemen's gymnasium, with the winner getting a $25 bond. Bud and Lou trick Stinky into eating 25 malted milks so he gets sick and can't wrestle, but instead his little brother substitutes for him--but his "little" brother is a giant bruiser named Ivan the Terrible.

This is one of the funnier episodes in the series. Lou and Stinky have what is probably their best running fight--it goes on for probably five minutes straight at the beginning of the show, and it's hilarious. The wrestling match itself between Lou and Ivan the Terrible--with Mike the cop as the referee--is also quite funny, although it appears that a stuntman doubles for Lou in most of the "action" shots, which is understandable because Costello was in his 50s at the time. There's also a bit that the duo had used before about scamming a restaurant owner out of a bill for a huge meal, which really doesn't have anything to do with the "plot", but it's still pretty good.

All in all, a very enjoyable episode.

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