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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Approved | | Comedy | 5 October 1945 (USA)
When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.

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S. Sylvan Simon

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Nat Perrin (screenplay), Lou Breslow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Buzz Kurtis
Lou Costello ... Abercrombie
Frances Rafferty ... Claire Warren
Bob Haymes Bob Haymes ... Jeff Parker (as Robert Stanton)
Jean Porter ... Ruthie
Warner Anderson ... Norman Royce
Rags Ragland ... 'Rags' Ragland (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Mike Mazurki ... Klondike Pete
Carleton G. Young ... Gregory LeMaise
Donald MacBride ... Dennis Kavanaugh
Edgar Dearing ... Al - First Studio Cop
Marion Martin ... Miss Milbane
Arthur Space ... Director Lippen
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Kavanaugh's Assistant (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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Buzz and Abercrombie are agents trying to get Jeff Parker the lead in a movie musical. Routines include Lou's insomnia and his being unable to hear Bud due to his wearing an earplug. Lots of movie studio stuff. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A DOUBLE-BARRELLED FUN BURST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Trivia

After the disappointing performance of this film at the box office, MGM dropped its option to produce more Bud Abbott & Lou Costello films. See more »

Goofs

During the shaving routine with the balloons at the beginning of the film, the amount of shaving cream on Costello's face changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Burvis, Ruthie's Boss: [reacting to a verbal spat between two of his manicurists] My shop is for hair cutting, not hair pulling!
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Connections

Referenced in Runaways: Hostile (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Hope the Band Keeps Playing
(uncredited)
by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Bob Haymes and The Lyttle Sisters
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A&C's best film at MGM
4 February 2001 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

Returning to the MGM lot in the Spring of 1945, Abbott and Costello make what would be their last, and funniest, film at the Tiffany of studios. Declining revenues during the war took its toll at MGM, and the loan-out deal with Universal was not renewed. Bud and Lou probably didn't mind, as there was a downturn in script quality at MGM -- not to mention a downturn in their salaries!!!

"In Hollywood" isn't as poor as their first two MGM films, however. "Rio Rita" and "Lost In A Harem" suffered from poor pacing; here, the pacing is fine. And it's fun to see Lou get into trouble on the MGM lot(in the film, the studio is Mammoth.) Incidentally, MGM lifted the idea of Lou's cavorting on the set from Buster Keaton's 1930 MGM film "Free and Easy." Another fun scene is on the midway set; it's ludicrous to believe that Costello is staying balanced on one wheel on the roller coaster, but, hey, that's what makes the scene funny and enjoyable to watch. The best scene in the film is the "insomnia" sketch, where Costello finds it impossible to sleep through the record that's supposed to put him to sleep (people raised only on CDs can't relate to this!)

All in all, "In Hollywood" is a few notches above A&C's other MGM films. Video collectors take note: although "The Noose Hangs High" and "Dance With Me, Henry" were released on video by MGM/UA, they were actually independent productions. "In Hollywood" was their last MGM film, and a decent one at that. 7 out of 10.


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Language:

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Release Date:

5 October 1945 (USA) See more »

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