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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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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last of three films that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made on loan to MGM while under contract to Universal, the other two being Rio Rita (1942) and Lost in a Harem (1944). During production on this film, Abbott and Costello returned to the Universal studio on May 13 for re-shoots for The Naughty Nineties (1945). See more »

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When Lou is running up the roller coaster with the man chasing him, the man slips and falls, sliding back down - alone. But the next shot, close up, shows the man on top of Lou and fighting with him. See more »

Quotes

Abercrombie: I gotta break the date.
Ruthie: What date?
Abercrombie: Don't you remember? June 22nd?
Ruthie: June 22nd? I don't remwember anything about a date.
Abercrombie: Oh, yes. Don't you remember? I said I was gonna take you to the Palladium a long time ago, and you said, 'See me next year.' Well, tonight the year is up.
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Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) 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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"That's dope. You wanna be a dope fiend?"
23 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello play bumbling barbers who become talent agents. Their first (and only) client is singer and actor Bob Haymes. They go to great lengths to make him a success. Fun but lesser outing from Bud and Lou; their last of three for MGM. The Hollywood backdrop provides for some funny gags like Lou pretending to be a stunt dummy. They don't get to meet any really big stars. Sure, there's Lucille Ball, but this is before TV. She was a B-level star at this time. In addition to her there's Preston Foster, Butch Jenkins, and Rags Ragland -- hardly the cream of MGM's crop. Rags' scene is pretty funny, though. Mike Mazurki, Warner Anderson, and Donald MacBride are all good in supporting parts. Frances Rafferty and Jean Porter provide the pretty. Haymes gets some singing numbers but nothing particularly noteworthy. Like I said, it's a fun Abbott & Costello movie but not one of their best. Certainly not something you'll regret watching. A nice way to pass the time.


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