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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 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.


S. Sylvan Simon


Nat Perrin (screenplay), Lou Breslow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




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)


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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YOUR FAVORITE SCREEN TEAM IS ON THE SCREAM BEAM...AND FUNNIER THAN EVER! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 20, 1946 - all caps) See more »


Action | Comedy | Music


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Did You Know?


This film's producer, Martin A. Gosch, was not an MGM in-house producer, as most producers were on MGM films. He was the producer for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's radio show, and they insisted that he produce this film rather than a studio producer they believed would be looking out for the studio's interests rather than theirs. See more »


When Abercrombie (actually, Lou Costello's obvious stunt double) pulls himself up on the "DON'T STAND UP!" sign on the roller coaster, part of his head disappears when the roller coaster cars pass beneath in a special effects shot. See more »


Buzz Kurtis: You can't sleep?
Abercrombie: No.
Buzz Kurtis: I've got just the thing for you. Don't go away.
[He leaves the room]
Buzz Kurtis: [returning with a phonograph record] Well, pal, here it is.
Abercrombie: What do you got there?
Buzz Kurtis: [reading the label] 'Go To Sleep with Dr. Caswell Snide.'
Abercrombie: Oh, no! I wanna sleep alone!
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Referenced in Entourage: The Abyss (2005) See more »


The Cocabola Tree
by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Jean Porter and The Lyttle Sisters
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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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5 October 1945 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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