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Abbott & Costello Classics

Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s and the highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Their patter routine “Who’s on First?” is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time.

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Movie: One Night in the Tropics ( 1940 )
Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancee, Cynthia (Nancy Kelly). The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey (Peggy Moran), and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe (William Frawley), who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned. Everyone involved in the situation winds up sailing or flying to San Marcos (a fictional South American country), where another complication arises, when Lucky falls for Cynthia. Lucky winds up marrying Cynthia, but Roscoe does not have to pay the $1-million because Steve ends up marrying Mickey.
Movie: Buck Privates ( 1941 )
Two sidewalk salesman enlist in the army in order to avoid jail, only to find that their drill instructor is the police officer who tried having them imprisoned.
Movie: In the Navy ( 1941 )
Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to Russ and she tries everything she can to get a picture of him to prove he's Russ Raymond. Tommy's friends, Pomeroy Watson and Smokey Adams,help him while Pomeroy writes love letters to Patty Andrews. But because Smokey makes Pomeroy lie about himself in the letters, and when Patty comes to the Navy base, she's furious at Pomeroy. When Pomeroy, Smokey, Tommy and the Andrews sisters set sail for Hawaii, Pomeroy discovers there's a tomato in the potato locker, and she's been snapping shots of Tommy the whole trip. Whether Pomeroy's proving that 7 x 13 = 28 - three different ways, having Smokey help him play ship captain for Patty, or falling out of his hammock, it's an Abbott and Costello classic.
Movie: Hold That Ghost ( 1941 )
After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.
Movie: Keep 'Em Flying ( 1941 )
When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.
Movie: Ride 'Em Cowboy ( 1942 )
Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of them knows anything about cowboys, horses, or anything else.
Movie: Pardon My Sarong ( 1942 )
A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.
Movie: Who Done It? ( 1942 )
Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.
Movie: Rio Rita ( 1943 )
Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.
Movie: It Ain't Hay ( 1943 )
Adaptation of the Damon Runyon story 'Princess O'Hara', in which the horse of a street vendor is replaced by a racehorse.
Movie: Hit the Ice ( 1943 )
Two newspaper photographers get mixed up with gangsters at a ski resort.
Movie: In Society ( 1944 )
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly.
Movie: Here Come the Co-eds ( 1945 )
Two bumblers become caretakers at an all-girls college. During their misadventures, the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally-minded landlord.
Movie: The Naughty Nineties ( 1945 )
When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right.
Movie: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood ( 1945 )
When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.
Movie: Lost in a Harem ( 1945 )
Two bumbling magicians help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle.
Movie: Little Giant ( 1946 )
Little Giant is a movie starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and Brenda Joyce. Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb,...
Movie: The Time of Their Lives ( 1946 )
Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence.
Movie: Buck Privates Come Home ( 1947 )
Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.
Movie: The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap ( 1947 )
Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious criminal, Fred Hawkins, is murdered, and the two are charged with the crime. They are quickly tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by hanging. The head of the local citizen's committee, Jim Simpson (William Ching), recalls a law whereby the survivor of a gun duel must take responsibility for the deceased's debts and family. The law spares the two from execution, but Chester is now responsible for the widow Hawkins (Marjorie Main) and her seven children. They go to her farm, where Chester is worked by Mrs. Hawkins from dawn to dusk. To make matters worse, Chester must work at the saloon at night to repay Hawkin's debt to its owner, Jake Frame (Gordon Jones). Her plan is to wear Chester down until he agrees to marry her. Chester quickly learns that no one will harm him, for fear that they will have to support Mrs. Hawkins and her family. Simpson makes Chester the sheriff in hopes that the fear of him will help clean up the lawless town. For protection, Chester carries around a photograph of Mrs. Hawkins and her kids. The approach works for a while, and Chester is heralded as a hero. Meanwhile, Duke still plans to go to California and tries to get Judge Benbow (George Cleveland) to marry Mrs. Hawkins, in order to free him and Chester from their obligations. He starts a rumor that Mrs. Hawkins is about to become rich once the railroad buys her land to lay tracks. The rumor takes on a life of its own, with everyone trying to kill Chester in hopes of marrying Mrs. Hawkins (and becoming wealthy in the process). Frame eventually confesses to Hawkins' murder; Duke and Chester are cleared and allowed to leave town, but not before they admit that the railroad rumor was fabricated by them. Benbow still wants to marry Mrs. Hawkins, and she agrees. She then announces that the railroad actually did offer her substantial money, and she is now wealthy.
Movie: Oysters and Muscles ( 1948 )
Lou agrees to wrestle the Masked Marvel, believing he will be Bud's gentle friend McGuirk; but neither are aware that the Marvel's manager has substituted the menacing "Strangler" under the mask after McGuirk takes sick.
Movie: The Noose Hangs High ( 1948 )
Two window washers mistakenly receive, and lose, 50 grand belonging to a shady bookie who wants his money back, or else.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein ( 1948 )
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Movie: Kitchen Mechanics ( 1949 )
Lou and Bud start their new job as live-in caretakers on a college campus by trying - very trying - to get their own quarters cleaned up.
Movie: Fun on the Run ( 1949 )
Bixby College needs to win the girls' basketball tourney prize-money in order to survive, but a pair of gamblers have brought in some Amazonian ringers to play for the opposition and Lou, in drag, is playing for the Bixby team.
Movie: Mexican Hayride ( 1949 )
Two con men selling phony stock flee to Mexico ahead of the law, where they run into a woman friend from their earlier days, who is now a bullfighter.
Movie: Africa Screams ( 1949 )
Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals...
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff ( 1949 )
Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect.
Movie: Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion ( 1950 )
Two Brooklyn wrestling promoters go to French Algeria in search of a famous Algerian wrestler but accidentally end-up in the French Foreign Legion.
Movie: Knights of the Bath ( 1951 )
Two inept plumbers try to fix a simple leaky bathroom faucet, with disastrous results.
Movie: Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man ( 1951 )
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.
Movie: Comin' Round the Mountain ( 1951 )
Bud and Lou get mixed up with hillbillies, witches and love potions.
Movie: Jack and the Beanstalk ( 1952 )
Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.
Movie: Lost in Alaska ( 1952 )
Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder, they travel with the prospector to Alaska to help chase his girl. Once they arrive, the men discover that most of the town wants the prospector dead. It's up to Abbot and Costello to keep him alive, or else San Francisco is ready to hang them for the murder.
TV Show: The Abbott and Costello Show ( 1952 )
The Abbott and Costello Show is timeless humor as fresh today as it was 50 years ago. All of Abbott and Costellos classic routines such as 'Whos on first' can be found in this show. This program captures the two when they were at their peak of their comedic poweress. The cast include Mr.Field, Mike the Cop, Stinky, Bacciagalupe and Hillary. These shows stand today as perhaps the finest surviving representation of the art of burlesque comedy.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd ( 1952 )
Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.
Movie: Gobs in a Mess ( 1953 )
Nine minutes lifted out of In the Navy (1941) and released to the 16mm and 8mm home movie market in the pre-VCR era.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars ( 1953 )
Two workmen accidentally launch a space rocket intended for Mars, and find mistakenly landing in New Orleans just the beginning of their misadventures.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ( 1953 )
Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England.
Movie: Oh, My Achin' Tooth! ( 1954 )
Nine minutes lifted out of The Noose Hangs High (1948) and released in 16mm and 8mm to the pre-VCR home movie market.
Movie: Champs of the Chase ( 1954 )
Nine minutes lifted out of In Society (1945) and released in 16mm & 8mm to the pre-VCR home movie market.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops ( 1955 )
Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy ( 1955 )
Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.
Movie: Dance with Me, Henry ( 1956 )
Bud and Lou are the owners of the amusement park Kiddieland. Bud, a compulsive gambler, gets in trouble with the mob, and Lou finds himself struggling to keep his adopted children. When Bud is forced to make a shady deal, Lou tries to arrange a deal with the DA, but winds up framed for murder.
Movie: The World of Abbott and Costello ( 1965 )
A compilation of clips from 19 Abbott & Costello features: The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, In the Navy, Hit the Ice, Who Done It?, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Mexican Hayride, Hold That Ghost, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Little Giant, In Society, Ride 'Em Cowboy, The Naughty Nineties, Buck Privates Come Home, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops, Lost in Alaska, Comin' Round the Mountain, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.
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