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

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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

Three members of the original Keystone Kops of silent films worked on the picture: Hank Mann, Harold Goodwin and Heinie Conklin. This is the 13th Keystone Kops film. 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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One of my favorite A&C films
23 April 2000 | by LeahcurrySee all my reviews

"Abbott and Costello meet the Keystone Kops" gives a nice homage to the silent film era, in most ways. In that and every other respect, this film is flawed only by the long and eventually tedious chase scene involving the fake Keystone Kops. I admit it is enjoyable to watch people run in fast motion (typical of silent films), but that scene gets boring before long. I am a big Abbott and Costello fan. Here, the acting is good. Fred Clark is good as Joseph Gorman, and the man who plays the producer (I don't remember his name) was billed last, and he is one of the best actors in the cast, better than Fred Clark, even! Also, Roscoe Ates (the hillbilly who stutters) was perfect! The mistaken identity scene of the two policemen and crooks is hilarious. This film also has many other hilarious touches: Costello being thrown out of the theater (twice), the train scenes, the stop-motion when Joseph Gorman (disguised as Sergei), yells Cut!, Abbott and Costello being carried by each other at various times, and many more. This is not the best A&C film (only one film is reserved for that honor), but this is not a bad

film. It doesn't need to be better, really. It all depends on your expectations (and that should never be very high anyway).


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