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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello: The Filmography. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (). Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. Abbott and Costello Meet FrankensteinBud Abbott (right) and Lou Costello in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (), directed by Charles Barton. Abbott and Costello was an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott Buck Privates Come Home,, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and and they did the same routines frequently on the Colgate program.
In reality, Abbott and Costello planned this bluff, and saw this as their chance to introduce "Who's on First?
They were instant hits in Hollywood. The duo was first featured in the film One Night in the Tropics. Originally a bit part in the film, the duo provided so much good material that the lines of others actors had to be cut in order to meet the minute requirement. Although the film was a flop, Abbott and Costello were a hit with audiences in their supporting roles.
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Costello made more money than Abbott. However, Costello, being the comedian, felt he should earn more than Abbot, the straight man. They supported the war effort. Abbott and Costello were tapped by the U. The duo toured the country extensively, and even performed in a family's backyard after a kid and his friends raised several hundred dollars.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello: The Filmography
Costello performed on the radio the night his child died. Costello's infant son died in a tragic accident shortly before his first birthday. Embodying the phrase "the show must go on," Costello performed that night on The Abbott and Costello Show, with Abbott giving a touching statement shortly after the show wrapped.
The duo's relationship was strained towards the end of their career. It's something we hate hearing about our favorite entertainers — that they don't get along with their costars. However Buck Privates was so successful that the studio decided to delay its release so the team could hastily make and release a second service comedy, In The Navyco-starring crooner Dick Powell and the Andrews Sisters. This film initially out-grossed Buck Privates. Loew's Criterion in Manhattan was open until 5 a.
The film was eventually released as Hold That Ghost This was their last film with Arthur Lubin. All of these films were big hits, and Abbott and Costello were voted the third biggest box office attraction in the country in During filming, on December 8,a day after the attack on Pearl HarborAbbott and Costello had their hand and foot prints set in concrete at what was then " Grauman's Chinese Theatre ".
Costello was stricken with rheumatic fever upon his return from a winter tour of army bases in March and was bedridden for around six months. On November 4,the same day that Costello returned to radio after a one-year layoff due to his illness, his infant son Lou Jr.
He seemed to anger easily The problem was solved by having Costello affect a high-pitched childish voice, and their remaining tenure on the Smith show was successful enough to get them roles in a Broadway revue "The Streets of Paris" in Cast in supporting roles, they stole the show with several classic routines, including "Who's on First?
Two years later, they had their own NBC show. Advertisement for Abbott and Costello's Africa Screams Universal signed them to a long-term contract, and their second film, Buck Privates, made them box-office stars. They made over 30 films between and They would remain a top ten box office attraction until Eager to lend their time to the war effort they funded out of pocket a cross-country tour to help raise much-needed funds on behalf of the War Bond Drive.
Everywhere they appeared there were sellout audiences. They launched their own weekly show October 8,sponsored by Camel cigarettes. Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbach "Mr. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott and Costello's mishaps and often fuming in character as Costello routinely insulted his on-air wife. Niles was succeeded by Michael Roy, with announcing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle.
Sound effects were handled primarily by Floyd Caton.
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Eddie Cantor and Martin and Lewis were among the others. Each show was a live hour of vaudeville in front of a theater audience, revitalizing the comedians' performances and giving their old routines a new sparkle. Beginning ina filmed half-hour series, The Abbott and Costello Show, appeared in syndication on local stations across the county.
Loosely based on their radio series, the show cast the duo as unemployed wastrels. One of the show's running gags involved Abbott perpetually nagging Costello to get a job to pay their rent, while Abbott barely lifted a finger in that direction.
The show featured Sidney Fields as their landlord, and Hillary Brooke as a friendly neighbor who sometimes got involved in the pair's schemes. Gordon Jones was Mike the cop, who always lost patience with Lou. The Abbott and Costello Show ran two seasons, but found a larger viewership in reruns from the late s to the s. In the shows were released in two five-DVD sets. Private lives Both Abbott and Costello met and married women they knew in burlesque.
The Costellos had four children; the Abbotts adopted two.