The Abbott & Costello Show - Vol. 10 (1952)
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Abbott & Costello
Bud Abbott Bud Abbott
Joe Besser
Hillary Brooke Hillary  / ... (19 episodes, 1952-1953)
Lou Costello Lou Costello
Gordon Jones Mike The Cop / ... (20 episodes, 1952-1953)
Joan Shawlee
Sid Fields Mr. Fields
Joe Kirk
Bobby Barber
Milt Bronson
The Abbott and Costello TV Show is timeless American humor, as fresh today as it was 40 years ago. All the classic routines which "the boys" performed on film, radio and stage were captured in 1952-53 for the new medium of television and delivered at the peak of their powers.

The regular cast of chracters, including Mr. Fields, Mike theCop, Stinky, Bacciagalupe and Hillary, had worked with Bud and Lou on film and stage and each contributed memorably. These shows stand today as perhaps the finest surviving representation of the art of burlesque comedy.

  • The Army Story
    The army must be in really bad shape if it has to draft Bud and Lou, but that's exactly what happens in this mirth-filled military episode. After proving to landlord Fields that their 13 weeks of back room rent at $7 a week total $28, the boys head to boot camp. During training, it's Corporal (!) Abbot and Sergeant Mike the Cop against poor Lou, who outwits his bunkmates in a zany dice game. The team finishes its army career with a classic slapstick drill routine that lands Lou face first in the dirt.
  • Efficiency Experts
    Bud and Lou have miraculously landed a job with the Globe Efficiency Company. J.J. Wentworth hires the boys to stop his spendthrift daughteres from spending all his money. Within minutes of meeting the girls, they have Bud and Lou wrapped around their fingers. Lou's feeble attempts to get them to economize are disastrous, as he gives one of the girls a facial with plastic cement! To make amends, the boys are forced to take the girls to a gambling joint where tehy start a riot and fire - and lose a fortune.
  • Peace and No Quiet
    Classic burlesque reigns as sleepless Lou visits Dr. Mildew for rest. After run-ins with assorted nuts in the waiting room, Lou's told to listen to Dr. Drowsy's Slumberland record at bedtime. When this crazy treatment only puts Bud to sleep, Lou's off to the sanitarium where the staff is nuttier than the boys. In a wild recreation of the "Crazy House" sketch, Lou's attempts to sleep are constantly interrupted by a parade of zanies armed with punchlines, bullets and seltzer.
  • Honeymoon House
    The love bug has bitten Lou, and Bud must show him how to propose. To convince Sally to say 'yes,' Lou buys a "Bride's Delight Prefabricated House." But her ex-beau has other ideas, and changes the numbers on all the crates. The finished house is a nightmare. After Lou's hopeless attempt to stop his future mother-in-law's hiccups, a piano crashes through a wall, and lights go haywire. When he gives Sally's parents the grand tour, they're lucky to escape alive.
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
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
Barcode 016351041098
Chapters 13
Release Date 3/9/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 497
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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