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Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)

Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

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Joseph Gorman - aka Sergei Toumanoff
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Leota Van Cleef
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Cameraman (as Herold Goodwin)
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Peggy Gordon ...
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Dorothy Martinson ...
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Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

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When every face wore a custard pie, and vamps broke hearts with a winking eye! See more »

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21 February 1955 (Sweden)  »

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$743,000 (estimated)
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After the film was completed, Universal wanted to rename it "Abbott and Costello in the Stunt Men", because they did not consider the Keystone Kops to be relevant anymore. However, in October 1954 the studio relented and agreed to use the "Keystone Kops" name. See more »

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The LA cops introduce themselves to Toumanoff as being from "Los-Zangeles". This pronunciation was not officially adopted until 1934. The cops in 1914 would have more likely announced themselves as being from "Lo-Sang-ga-lus". See more »

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Abbott and Costello's Homage to Silent Films
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Abbott and Costello and don't dislike any of their movies. This is not one of their very best but is enjoyable nonetheless. The coolest part of the film is the fact that it's centered around the movie business and pays homage to the silent comedies of years before. There is a cameo by Mack Sennett and of course, the 50's remakes of the Keystone Kops! Bud and Lou are two pals turned hobos after they are tricked into "buying" Edison theater. After they are tricked, they pursue the crook and end up working in the Hollywood movie scene. In their later movies, Bud Abbottt's persona changed a lot and it is seen here. He becomes a lot nastier, more gruff, and starts to take more of a part in the physical aspect of the comedy. Although I enjoy his earlier years a bit more, it's all good. Lou is unchanging and as amusing as ever. Also, I think Fred Clark deserves credit as the villain (especially in his "cover" of the flamboyant Sergei Toumanoff!). Without him, the whole burglar gag wouldn't have worked at all. Finally, the ending chase sequence is great! The use of the zany Keystone Kops is wonderful and the 50's versions of the icons do a great job. Look for the part where Bud and Lou ride through the stack of hay. Hilarious!! Well worth a look for A&C fan as well as fans of classic comedy.


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