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The Abbott and Costello Show 

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Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bud Abbott ...  Bud Abbott 52 episodes, 1952-1954
Lou Costello ...  Lou Costello 52 episodes, 1952-1954
Sid Fields ...  Sid Fields / ... 50 episodes, 1952-1954
Gordon Jones ...  Mike Kelly / ... 34 episodes, 1952-1954
Bobby Barber ...  Hercules / ... 26 episodes, 1952-1954
Hillary Brooke ...  Hillary Brooke / ... 23 episodes, 1952-1953
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Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

14 September 1957 (UK) See more »

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Abbott ja Costello See more »

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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Hillary Brooke appears a lot taller than Lou Costello in the show she is in reality only one inch taller. She wore high heels to make it appear she was taller. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lou Costello: Hey, Abbott!
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Connections

Referenced in Boston Legal: Race Ipsa (2006) See more »

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Classically Funny Stuff !!!
29 August 2006 | by degecko13See all my reviews

I must rebuff the previous comments made in the Feb 04 and Feb 06 reviews. First off, the individual who thought this was poorly written and predictable is entitled to his opinion, regardless of how unfounded it may be. But to call this classic comedy duo boring is grossly unfair. A comedic legend that inspired Jerry Seinfeld? What credentials are you going by? That person writes--"How about a joke"...the joke is on you!! This is sketch comedy at its finest!! I can't see how anyone cannot find humor and at least one good laugh in Costello's birthday skit between Lou and Mr. Fields. How Fields turns Costello's every word against him is just grand farce!! Or when Lou walks the old lady across the street. To see that old lady bonk Lou over the head, breaking her cane not once but twice is priceless. Throw in Mike the Cop several times in the same routine and you have a surefire recipe for laughter. And how one can overlook the banter between Lou and Stinky is beyond me, those two provide the show with many of its finest moments.

And for the reviewer who thought Joe Besser's "Stinky" character brought the series down, come on!!! Stinky's interactions with Costello are hilarious. To see the two of them beat upon each other, interjecting witty comments along the way-"I'll harm you" (from the Susquehanna Hat Company routine) is riotous.

It seems that no matter how wonderful a performer is, how universally recognized, a forum such as this is always bound to bring out the few dodos who have to go against the grain... Give these two comedy giants their complete due and give them a break!!!


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