The Abbott & Costello Show - Vol. 1 (1952)
IMDb Rating 8.3 (209 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Bud Abbott Bud Abbott
Lou Costello Lou Costello
Joe Besser Stinky Davis (1952)
Hillary Brooke Hillary
Gordon Jones Mike The Cop
Joan Shawlee Various supporting roles
Sid Fields Mr. Fields
Joe Kirk Mr. Bacciagalupe
Bobby Barber Various supporting roles
Milt Bronson Various supporting roles
Abbott & Costello
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are one of the funniest comedy teams of all time. And this disc, featuring four episodes of The Abbot and Costello Show from the 1952-53 season is certainly proof of that. Most of the episodes begin with Bud and Lou onstage in front of an audience, providing an introduction to each story. The episodes themselves are stand-alone classics, but the plot lines frame famous Abbot and Costello sketches. The disc is formatted with menus so that you can play each episode or skip to the routines.

The four episodes featured in this volume, "Duck Dinner," "Hillary's Birthday," "Million Dollar Refund," and "Actor's Home," are heavy on physical comedy and rely on familiar supporting characters such as Mike the Cop, Bacciagalupe, and Mr. Fields to propel the stories. In the final episode, "Actor's Home," we are treated with a cameo appearance from comedian Joe Besser (previous to his joining the Three Stooges) as well as a brilliant performance of "Who's on First."

The fact that Abbot and Costello always appear to be in on the gags with their audience (breaking the "fourth wall" with humorous "see what I've gotten myself into now" looks and comments) only adds to the performances. It's also interesting to note that the low-grade special effects and highbrow comedy, which so encompassed the age when these shows were originally filmed, can still entertain audiences all these years later, proving that this pair of comedians, and their style of comedy, is timeless. --Zachary Lively

Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Television
Movie Release Date 1952
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 110 mins
Color Black And White
Features Features Not Specified
Director Jean Yarbrough
Writer Felix Adler; Clyde Bruckman; Sid Fields
Cinematography Jack MacKenzie; George Robinson
Producer Jean Yarbrough; Pat Costello
User Credit 1 William Austin; Otho Lovering
Musician Al Goodman; Raoul Kraushaar
Edition Details
Edition 1952-53
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
Barcode 755362040194
Chapters 13
Release Date 2/16/1999
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 94
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Performer Name In Title, Abbott And Costello, Slapstick, Character Name In Title
Filming Locations:
Hal Roach Studios - 8822 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, USA

During filming, one camera was always kept on Lou Costello because he was constantly improvising. The funniest bits of business were then edited into the episode whether they had to do with the storyline or not. (more)

[repeated line]
Lou Costello: I'm a b-a-a-a-d boy!

Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (#6.23)" (1994) (more)

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