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The Abbott and Costello Show 

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Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bud Abbott ...  Bud Abbott 52 episodes, 1952-1954
Lou Costello ...  Lou Costello 52 episodes, 1952-1954
Sid Fields ...  Sid Fields / ... 50 episodes, 1952-1954
Gordon Jones ...  Mike Kelly / ... 34 episodes, 1952-1954
Bobby Barber ...  Hercules / ... 26 episodes, 1952-1954
Hillary Brooke ...  Hillary Brooke / ... 23 episodes, 1952-1953
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Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

14 September 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott ja Costello See more »

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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although other characters on the show called Lou Costello by either his first or last name, Hillary Brooke always called him "Louis", a name no other character ever used for him. Similarly, she always referred to Bud Abbott as "Mr. Abbott", even when speaking to him directly, though other characters called him by either his first or last name. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lou Costello: Hey, Abbott!
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Connections

Spun-off from The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) See more »

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Classic and timeless American sitcom; great for laughs!
24 May 2004 | by opsbooksSee all my reviews

Having not seen the A&C show for 40 years I recently picked up the 'Best of' DVD and was suitably amazed at just how good the boys were early on. LOU'S BIRTHDAY is a masterpiece of comic timing, brilliantly directed and edited. Here is the genesis of 'Seinfeld' and 'Who loves Raymond'. GETTING A JOB consists of an extended version of the Susquehanna hat routine and is as insane as any Marx Bros scene. The pace and action is non-stop.

The ensemble gathered together for the original series worked like a finely tuned race car; fast and furious! Mike the cop and Fields in his many guises are worth a laugh a minute. In UNCLE BOZZO I found myself laughing non-stop as the three of them (the boys with Lou's newly arrived uncle) did the old double bed routine. An oldie, but never done better than here.

Finally in STOLEN SKATES we have Bingo the Chimp. Normally I hate chimps in movies and even did as a kid (well, except in 'Bomba' movies!) but here the director makes full use of the ape's talents. The entire street is brought into the act as every cast member magically acquires roller skates. Then it's on for young and old.

Given the choice of 10 DVDs to take to a desert island, I'd have no trouble in including this one. Brilliant!


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