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  • 1952-12-05T05:00:00Z
  • 25 mins
  • 22 hours, 24 mins (52 episodes)
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  • English
  • Comedy
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"The Abbott and Costello Show" is timeless humor as fresh today as it was 50 years ago. All of Abbott and Costello's classic routines such as "Who's on first" can be found in this show. This program captures the two when they were at their peak of their comedic prowess. The cast includes 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.
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Lou's Daughters Chris & Paddy Reminisce about Bud and Lou

Lou's Daughters Chris & Paddy Reminisce On Movieland

Lou's Daughters Chris & Paddy Reminisce on Lou's Driving.

Lou's Daughters Chris & Paddy Reminisce Their Fathers on Gambling and the IRS.

This is technically not a movie, but a movie-length TV special that originally aired in the late 1970's. Milton Berle introduces a series of very well-chosen excerpts from Abbott & Costello's TV series (not their movies). Additional commentaries by Joe Besser and Steve Allen are also included. Many of the best burlesque comedy skits ever performed are featured in their entirety: "Slowly I Turn", "Herd of Cows", "Floogle Street", "Who's On First", and many others. The narration is by Milton Berle. This tape is a non-stop laugh riot all the way through! Abbott & Costello made many good movies through the 1940's and 1950's, but in my opinion even the best of them fall short of the laugh quotient of this superb compilation. With this tape, you don't have to sit through plot-advancing scenes or musical numbers while you wait for the funny parts. Pretty much the whole thing is the funny parts! Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Hillary Brooke, Milton Berle, Joe Besser

A Short Film on a Youth Foundation set up in Lou's Son's Honor

1x01 The Drug Store

  • Series Premiere

    1952-12-05T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou find a job in Field's drugstore and nearly wreck the place. Includes the ""Jonah and the Whale"" routine.

1x02 The Dentist's Office

  • 1952-12-12T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou gets a toothache and he attempts to get arrested so he can receive free treatment while incarcerated.

1x03 Jail

  • 1952-12-19T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou damages Mrs. Crumbcakes waterpail and she drags him into court claiming 79 cents in damages. In jail, Lous crazed cellmate becomes enraged whenever he hears 'Niagra Falls'.

1x04 The Vacation

  • 1952-12-26T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou head off to the Biltmore Hotel near Phoenix for a vacation. ""Hertz U-Drive"" and the ""Pack-Unpack"" routines are performed.

1x05 The Birthday Party

  • 1953-01-02T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou throws a birthday party for himself, but nearly poisons his guests when he puts ant paste on his hors d'oeurves instead of anti pasto. Bud throws him out and Lou consoles himself by ordering a giant decorated cake.

1x06 Alaska

  • 1953-01-09T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou's uncle strikes gold in Alaska, so Bud and Lou plan to help him spend it.

1x07 The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

  • 1953-01-16T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou visit an employment agency run by Mr. Fields brother. Lou gets a job hawking vacum cleaners door to door.

1x08 The Army Story

  • 1953-01-23T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bud and Lou join the Army, where they recreate their routines from the feature film Buck Privates. Performed are the ""Drill Routine"" and ""Dice game""

1x09 Pots and Pans

  • 1953-01-30T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou sells cookware door to door and later presents his friend with a duck dinner to disasterous results.

1x10 The Charity Bazaar

  • 1953-02-06T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou participate in Hilary's charity bazaar raising money with the ""shell game"". Lou blows his money at the kissing booth.

1x11 The Western Story

  • 1953-02-13T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou accept Hilary's invitation to visit her uncles B-Bar-Bop ranch.

1x12 The Haunted House

  • 1953-02-20T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Hillary will inherit a castle if she spends the night there. Bud and Lou come along to protect her.

1x13 Peace and Quiet

  • 1953-02-27T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou sleeps all day but cant sleep at night. Bud takes him to see a psychiatrist. Eventually Bud checks him into a sanitarium for a nights rest. ""crazy house"" is performed

1x14 Hungry

  • 1953-03-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bud and Lou visit a couple of restaurants. In one they become involved with a couple of twin waitresses. In the other , Lou has a battle with an oyster.

1x15 The Music Lovers

  • 1953-03-13T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou attempts to impress Hillary and her father with his musical abilities. While pretending to perform , Bud falls asleep and ruins the scheme.

1x16 The Politician

  • 1953-03-20T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud coaches Lou on running for public office. Lou delivers a speech in a neighborhood park that causes quite a disruption.

1x17 The Wrestling Story

  • 1953-03-27T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou and Stinky agree to settle their differences in a wrestling match. When Stinky becomes ill , his little brother Ivan the Terrible takes his place.

1x18 Getting a Job

  • 1953-04-03T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou are hired to deliver hats to the Susquehanna Hat Company on Floogle street and encounter several lunatics on the way. Also, Stinky attempts to kill Lou by backing him into traffic. The 'Loafing' routine is performed.

1x19 The Chimp

  • 1953-04-10T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Mike the Cop tells Lou that he must have a liscence for his pet chimp, but Lou accidentally applies for a marriage liscence.

1x20 Hillary's Birthday

  • 1953-04-17T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

While shopping for Hillarys birthay present Lou nearly destroys a grocery store. Later , at her party Mr Fields becomes upset about the noise.

1x21 Television

  • 1953-04-24T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou is a contestant on a TV quiz show where he wins a pack of bubblegum. Their neighbour slips on a piece of gum and takes them to court.

1x22 Las Vegas

  • 1953-05-01T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bud and Lou pay $90 for a car and head for Las Vegas, where Lou takes part in a violent game of billiards. The mudder/fodder routine is performed.

1x23 Little Old Lady

  • 1953-05-08T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou attempt to help an old lady who has been evicted. They raise $300 and she uses the money to bet on a racehorse.

1x24 The Actors' Home

  • 1953-05-15T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud is taken away to an old actor's home where he and Lou perform their famous ""Who's on first?"" routine.

1x25 Police Rookies

  • 1953-05-22T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Mike the Cop helps Bud and Lou enroll in the 'Police rookie school'. Lou blows up the gym playing with a hand grenade.

1x26 Safari

  • 1953-05-29T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Hillary takes care of Bingo, who is sick. The whole gang travels to Africa to find his parents. Lou tangles with a gorilla.

2x01 The Paper Hangers

  • Season Premiere

    1953-11-07T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

To pay back rent, Bud and Lou wallpaper an apartment. Later as waiters in a restraunt, they brawl with hoodlums.

2x02 Uncle Bozzo's Visit

  • 1953-11-14T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou's eccentric opera singing uncle comes to stay with the boys for a couple of months.

2x03 In Society

  • 1953-11-21T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

A wealthy society matron pays Bud to attend a formal reception and impersonate the Duke of Gluten. Lou comes along pretending to be his cousin, the Earl of Waldo.

2x04 Life Insurance

  • 1953-11-28T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Mr Fields takes out an insurance policy on Lou. Later, when Bud takes Lou on a hunting trip so he can get some rest, he suspects Bud and Mr. Fields want to kill him for the insurance money.

2x05 Pest Exterminators

  • 1953-12-05T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou are pest exterminators who are mistaken for psychiatrists when they attend to Mrs. Featherton's ""aunts"".

2x06 Killer's Wife

  • 1953-12-12T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

A heavyweight prize fighter named Killer thinks that Lou is having an affair with his wife. Bud attempts to get Lou trained and fit in a gym.

2x07 Cheapskates

  • 1953-12-19T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bud and Lou accidentally buy a crate of rollerskates , not knowing that they have stolen diamonds hidden inside.

2x08 South of Dixie

  • 1953-12-26T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou accidentally lands himslef and Bud roles in a civil war melodrama.

2x09 From Bed to Worse

  • 1954-01-02T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lu attempt to plant a backyard garden so they can win a cash prize offered by a cicvc group.

2x10 $1,000 TV Prize

  • 1954-01-09T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou wins a 1000 dollar prize pretending to be Mr. Fields, then has to get Mr. Fields out of the way so he can collect it.

2x11 Amnesia

  • 1954-01-16T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou is in love with a girl he has only corresponded with. As a gag , Bud and his friends convince him that he has already married the girl. The woman who poses as his wife then makes his exsistence miserable.

2x12 Efficiency Experts

  • 1954-01-23T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou are hired to restrain their clints' daughter from spending money. The girls then turn the tables on Bud and Lou.

2x13 Car Trouble

  • 1954-01-30T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Lou wins a car but Bud sells it to buy a cheaper one. Using the profits Bud tries to go on a holiday in Flint, Michigan

2x14 Wife Wanted

  • 1954-02-06T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou will inherit ten thousand dollars if he is married. Lou wants to marry a former girlfriend -who is dating named Bonebender Brodsky.

2x15 Uncle from New Jersey

  • 1954-02-13T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Mr. Fields is about to evict the boys. Bud convinces Mr. Fields that Lou's Uncle Ruppert is a millionaire and Lou is the sole heir. Mike the Cop begins to believe that the visiting uncle (impersonated by Lou) has been murdered.

2x16 Private Eye

  • 1954-02-20T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou recieves his diploma from the Watchdo Correspondance Schooland helps a friend locate some valuable bonds in a haunted house.

2x17 The Tax Return

  • 1954-02-27T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou recieves a tax refund check for one million dollars. He takes the check to a bank and demands cash. He is subsequntly followed by home by crooks.

2x18 Public Enemies

  • 1954-03-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Lou is mistaken for a crook named Dapper Dan and is forced to take part in a robbery.

2x19 Bank Holdup

  • 1954-03-13T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou take jobs as armed bodyguards for a couple of hoodlums and assist in a bank robbery. They use their share of money to pay their rent ,then later try to get it back from Mr.Field's safe.

2x20 Well Oiled

  • 1954-03-20T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou help Mr. Fields , who is being threatened by a lawsuit. Lou poses as a Texas millionaire to help discredit the woman.

2x21 The Pigeon

  • 1954-03-27T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou's beautiful next door neighbour uses Lou as a decoy to help break up with her mobster boyfriend.

2x22 Honeymoon House

  • 1954-04-03T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Mr. Fields help Lou put together a prefab house in order to impress his fiance and her parents. A jealous former boyfriend sabotages their work.

2x23 Fencing Master

  • 1954-04-10T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bud involves Lou in an experiment of a mad scientist who convinces Lou that he is indestructable.

2x24 Beauty Contest Story

  • 1954-04-17T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou judge a beauty contest and pressure is applied to sway their votes.

2x25 Fall Guy

  • 1954-04-24T05:00:00Z — 26 mins

Bud and Lou want to take two sisters on a date but thier father convinces the boys to put an antenna on his roof.

2x26 Barber Lou

  • 1954-05-01T04:00:00Z — 26 mins

Lou trys to give Bud a rubdown following instructions from a radio show, but he's tuned into a program explainig how to paint a car at home.

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