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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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Cast

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 William 'Bill' Phillips ... Kavanaugh's Assistant (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello in Hollywood See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film, made by MGM under the studio's loanout deal with Universal for the team's services, is set on the MGM lot, but the studio's major stars - Clark Gable, Lana Turner and Judy Garland - are only mentioned by name and not seen. The actual cameos were confined to second-tier stars Rags Ragland, Preston Foster, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins and Lucille Ball. See more »

Goofs

During Costello's shaving scene, members of the crew can be heard laughing off-camera. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Fun on the Wonderful Midway
(uncredited)
by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Bob Haymes, Frances Rafferty and chorus
Arranged by Robert Franklyn and Kay Thompson
Orchestrated by Robert Franklyn
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Barbers as agents
5 November 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Can you imagine A Night at the Opera with only two Marx Brothers? That's essentially what you get in Abbott and Costello in Hollywood.

As good as they were, the Marx Brothers never got their names into the title of any picture they did. That's because they weren't half the box office draw that Bud and Lou were.

Like Chico and Harpo, Bud and Lou are barbers who get the idea to be agents. They decide to handle the career of Robert Stanton the same way Chico and Harpo sign up Allan Jones. And crooner Stanton does get into the picture in just about the same way Jones broke into Il Trovatore.

Too bad though that Stanton never got to sing some songs as good as Cosi-Cosa or Alone. Might have a career for him.

A&C got some good bits in. They had a good scene with MGM comedian Rags Ragland after Ragland comes in for a shave. And Costello being chased through the finale in a midway sequence is pretty funny.

This was the last of three films that Universal loaned out the boys to MGM for the glossier productions than what they were used to at Universal. My favorite of the three MGM films has always been Lost in a Harem. That has more the zany quality of the Universal films than either Abbott and Costello in Hollywood or Rio Rita has.

This one did only so-so box office as compared to the Universal product and Carl Laemmle, Jr. lent them out no more.


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