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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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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


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 | Mystery


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Stinky Davis (Joe Besser) is portrayed as being less than ten years old. Besser was actually 45 years old. See more »


Lou Costello: [after answering a question correctly on a TV quiz program then looking directly at the camera] I'm smart!
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All of the greatest Burlesque routines done for the ages
4 August 2004 | by max von meyerlingSee all my reviews

The raison d'etre of these 52 shows is the desire of Lou Costello to leave behind definitive versions of all of their burlesque and vaudeville routines. Most of these were not original, some having circulated since Plautus. Floogle Street (also known, incorrectly, as the Susquehanna Hat Company), Crazy House,

Niagara Falls (Slowly I Turn) were all such staples that every new burlesque comic was expected to know them in case they were needed to fill in at a moments notice. They were part of the stock repertoire. What Abbott and Costello did was present the absolute perfect version of each bit. It was this absolute perfection which caused them to rise to the very top of burlesque, and to, uniquely, make the transition to the mass medium of films.

They did these bits in their films but they were usually compromised by having plots and sub plots and romance and songs and whatever the studio executives or their agents (actually the same person) thought people who went to the movies wanted. Comparing their late films with the TV series is night and day. They look old and tired and out of shape in the films but crisp and perfectly timed on TV. The big difference with the TV series is that Lou Costello was in complete charge and did things his way. Absolutely the ne plus ultra of the burlesque comic genre, pardon my French.

One day the National Film Registry will have to list the entire series as a national treasure. Lou Costello was right and their act was for the ages and this black and white series preserves it perfectly. Meanwhile watch that bit again where Mr. Bacciagalupe (I still call my greengrocer Mr. Bacciagalupe) convinces Lou that two bananas are really three bananas. Also the routine where Abbott convinces Costello not to let Mike the Cop push them around which keeps getting Lou hit on the head which is so much like modern international politics that it's frightening.

P.S. Doing my Joe Besser ('Stinky') impression got me out of the draft.

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Release Date:

14 September 1957 (UK) See more »

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(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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