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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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Charles Lamont

Writers:

John Grant, Lee Loeb (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Harry 'Slim' Pierce
Lou Costello ... Willie 'Tubby' Piper
Fred Clark ... Joseph Gorman - aka Sergei Toumanoff
Lynn Bari ... Leota Van Cleef
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Hinds
Harold Goodwin ... Cameraman (as Herold Goodwin)
Roscoe Ates ... Wagon Driver
Mack Sennett ... Mack Sennett
Heinie Conklin ... Studio Guard
Hank Mann ... Prop Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Barton Doris Barton ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Margaret Eubank Margaret Eubank ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Peggy Gordon Peggy Gordon ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Dorothy Martinson Dorothy Martinson ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello in the Stunt Men See more »

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Budget:

$743,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Although set in 1910, the film includes a clip from Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927), made in 1927; re-titled (for purposes of this film only) as Eliza and the Bloodhounds. See more »

Goofs

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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I've forgotten how much fun this film is!
24 June 2004 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

Costello plays Tubby, a fan of the Nickelodeon flickers, sometime around 1914. Abbott is Slim, who convinces Tubby to buy a motion picture studio with his aunt's money. The duo are conned by Joe Gorman (Fred Clark) who follow him to California. Will the duo catch up to Gorman, or will Gorman get the best of them?

"Meet the Keystone Kops" is probably the last fun film Abbott and Costello made. It is a surprise, considering that Costello just recovered from a major illness. Indeed, Costello looks thinner than in any of his previous films, so calling his character "Tubby" is somewhat off the mark.

Both Abbott and Costello are at their slapstick best. This too is a surprise, considering that Costello supposedly told Abbott in an earlier time not to slap him anymore!

Fred Clark is deliciously evil as Joe Gorman and is one of Abbott and Costello's finest foils. Clark's skill as an actor, coupled with his sense of comedy, are wonderful to see.

7 out of 10.


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