The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)
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Episode #1.27 

Abbott and Costello recreate some of their most famous skits including "Who's on First?" and "The Haunted Candle" and do a burlesque on the opera "Carmen."


Eddie Forman (script), Charles Friedman (special material)


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Episode credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Himself - Host
Lou Costello ... Himself - Host
Jarmila Novotna ... Herself / Restaurant Owner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Frankenstein Monster (as Lon Chaney)
Sid Fields ... Uncle Charlie / Carmen's Father
Jesse James and Carnell Jesse James and Carnell ... Themselves - Dancers
Ann Thomas Ann Thomas
Milton Frome ... Col. Frome / Det. Murphy / restaurant Patron (as Milt Frome)
Gregg Sherwood Gregg Sherwood ... Herself
Al Goodman ... Himself - Orchestra Leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Nolan ... Himself - Palmolive Spokesman


Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host with guests Lon Chaney, Jr., opera star Jarmilla Novotna, Sid Fields, Milton Frome, Gregg Sherwood, dancers Jesse, James and Carnell, and Al Goodman and his Orchestra. Abbott and Costello recreate some of their most famous skits including "Who's on First?" "The Telephone Booth," and "The Haunted Candle, and do a burlesque on the opera "Carmen," the last two featuring a cameo with former co-star Lon Chaney, Jr., as the Frankenstein Monster. Written by

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11 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The television debut of Lon Chaney Jr. See more »


When Milton Frome appears as a military colonel, his uniform is that of a commercial airline pilot. See more »


Uncle Charlie: Your brain is too tense.
Lou Costello - Host: Too tense?
Uncle Charlie: Yeah, two-tenths the size of a normal brain!
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References Hold That Ghost (1941) See more »


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(uncredited) (1907)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Words by Jack Norworth
Sung by chorus prior to "Who's on First?" routine
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"I Must Be in Love - I Feel Lousy."
25 November 2012 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

If you are a horror fan, this episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour may hold interest for you as it does contain Lon Chaney in it dressed as the Frankenstein monster. However, I only glimpsed him in an opera parody of Carmen as he came out near the end. The version I saw was on Netflix(streaming) and promises the Haunted candle routine but does not have it in episode. This is unfortunate as I fear this is where Chaney gets to do his best as the monster hamming it up with Bud and Lou. notwithstanding that if you love Abbott and Costello then you will not be disappointed terribly as you get to see them really as themselves. Lou breaks up at least four or five times. Bud even cracks a few unintended smiles as the lunacy ensues. They do do their "Who's on First?" routine. Lou also does a very funny bit trying to get a phone number whilst a cast of characters have no problem reaching their exchanges. This is classic A & C all the way. The episode has Chaney but also along is Sid Fields and opera singer Jarmila Novotna. When I am able to find the "missing" piece, I will re-evaluate.

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