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The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 1 (Buck Privates / Hold That Ghost / In the Navy / Keep 'Em Flying / One Night in the Tropics / Pardon My Sarong / Ride 'Em Cowboy / Who Done It?) (1940)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , Arthur Lubin , Erle C. Kenton  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 1 (Buck Privates / Hold That Ghost / In the Navy / Keep 'Em Flying / One Night in the Tropics / Pardon My Sarong / Ride 'Em Cowboy / Who Done It?) + The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 2 (Hit the Ice / In Society / Here Come the Co-Eds / The Naughty Nineties / Little Giant / The Time of Their Lives / Buck Privates Come Home / The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap) + The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 3 (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars / Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion / Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein / Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man / Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer / Comin' Round the Mountain / Lost in Alaska / Mexican Hayride)
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Product Details

  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Allan Jones, Nat Pendelton, Dick Powell
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin, Erle C. Kenton, A. Edward Sutherland
  • Writers: Arthur T. Horman
  • Producers: Alex Gottlieb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN0PA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 1 (Buck Privates / Hold That Ghost / In the Navy / Keep 'Em Flying / One Night in the Tropics / Pardon My Sarong / Ride 'Em Cowboy / Who Done It?)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - One Night in the Tropics:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - Buck Privates:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - In the Navy:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - Hold That Ghost:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Keep 'Em Flying:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Ride 'Em Cowboy:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Pardon My Sarong:
  • Production Notes


  • Disc 2 - Who Done It?:
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Get ready for big laughs with Abbott and Costello, undeniably the most popular comedy team of all time! Now, the classic films of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are available on DVD in this hilarious collection.The wildly popular comic duo has entertained audiences since 1931, conquering vaudeville, radio and the silver screen in nearly 40 films. Enjoy these side-splitting hits like Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost in this collection of eight full-length features. The Best of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello: Volume 1 will have you laughing out loud again and again!One Night in the Tropics (1940)Bud and Lou get mixed up in a "Love Insurance" scheme. Buck Privates (1941)The duo accidentally enlists in the U.S. Army to avoid getting arrested!In the Navy (1941)Bud and Lou are sailors bound for duty on the high seas in this musical comedy.Hold that Ghost (1941)The boys inherit a haunted house formerly owned by a mobster.Keep 'Em Flying (1941)Bud and Lou enlist in the Army Air Corps and get caught up in a love triangle.Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)The duo head to the Lazy S ranch to hide after Lou accidentally proposes to an Indian girl.Pardon My Sarong (1942)Bud and Lou travel to the South Seas where Lou is mistaken for a legendary god!Who Done It? (1942)The boys are suspected of murder while being targeted by the actual killer.

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott & Costello Movie Collection Vol. 1 March 1, 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD
    This is great if you are a fan of Abbott & Costello. I figuered with 2 discs for 8 of their movies it would be poor quality. I was very surprised to see the excellent quality of the movies on these discs. Very Very Good. Worth every penny.
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    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Comedy June 23, 2005
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    When I was growing up, Sunday morning routine was going to church, then watching Abbott & Costello. I wanted my children to experience this pair, so they could see how funny simple comedy is without the vulgarities or sexual innuendo. They still crack me up, and I was happy to see my kids splitting their sides with laughter, just like I used to do when I was their ages.

    This is a great deal, to get 8 movies at this price, so I got all 3 volumes. DVD's work fine. They fit 2 movies on each side, and each movie has Production Notes in the menu, so you get a historical appreciation for each film.

    Because the movies are on both sides of the DVD, they can't print anything on either side, so they printed the disc and side information around the little hole in the center of the DVD (it'll have "Disc A, Side 1", for example). Its a little hard to read, so you need to have enough light and hold it close. The information in the box tells you what movies are on which disc and side.

    The DVD with "The Naughty Nineties" has the most complete version of "Who's On First", and its so funny, you can hear the studio crew laughing in the background.
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    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars BEHOLD...THE GENIUS OF BUD AND LOU February 20, 2004
    Format:DVD
    For everyone who is satisfied with the comedy that they see today, you havn't seen anything yet! Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were, and are still the undisputed champions of hillarity. There comedy bits they put in there movies are nothing short of brilliant. The best part of their comedy, is that you can watch it with the whole family, from the newborn to grandma, everyone in the family will love these great classics. If you watch Def Comedy Jam, Everybody Loves Raymond, or Friends, then you've seen the Rest, now watch the best!!!
    This collection contains 8 films:
    ONE NIGHT IN THE TROPICS,
    Their first film, they get caught up in a fony "Love Insurance" scam.
    BUCK PRIVATES,
    The boys join the army to avoid getting arrested, but their lives get hard when the cop they wanted to avoid becomes their drill sergent.
    IN THE NAVY,
    A famous hollywood actor joins the navy to get away from all the fame, and becomes friends with the boys in the navy training camp.
    HOLD THAT GHOST,
    The boys inherit a haunted house, formerly owned by a gangster.
    KEEP 'EM FLYING,
    The boys join the army air corps, and become mechanics.
    RIDE 'EM COWBOY,
    The boys must hide out when Lou accedently proposses to an Indian girl.
    PARDON MY SARONG,
    The boys head to the South Seas, where Lou is mistaken for a native god.
    WHO DONE IT?
    A Murder happens during a radio program, and the boys to solve the murder themselves, thus making them the prime suspects by the real cops.
    Eight Abbott and Costello films for (this price), that is an offer you can't refuse.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Ever heard of quality control? December 30, 2005
    By MJ
    Format:DVD
    I'm not much of an A&C fan, but at this price, how could I go wrong? Five of these eight films I had good memories of, and I could immediately see from the nice restoration of Night In The Tropics that this was going to be a fun set of films. Untill about 45 minutes into it.

    From that point forward, the disc was an absolute mess. I read here that one buyer was able to skip over the problem areas. I tried two different machines and could not skip over anything without jumping to the next chapter. Of course, that next chapter had the same problems.

    I really can't figure this out. Nice packaging, fine restorations, excellent price. So, why don't they check the product before sending it out to the distributors?!? Seems like a lot of trouble to go to for a product that will be returned to the dealers.

    Oh, and I did just that. Exchanged it for a new one. You guessed it. No better.

    As stated, I'm not a fan of these two comics, but the work they did has stood the test of time. There is much to be said for that. Clearly, they deserve better treatment than this.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great set, but spotty quality control August 20, 2004
    By GSE
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Like many other viewers, the set I purchased had siginificant

    defects. Contrary to what one reviewer wrote, it is not a

    matter of having "really cheap chintzy DVD players," for I have

    a top-line Denon DVD player, rated one of the best on the

    market. At least one reviewer wrote that he encountered a

    defect, but the copy he received in exchange played with no problems.

    So it is a matter of luck whether you get a playable copy or not.

    When I returned my copy, I received the following response

    from Amazon:

    Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.

    As it seems that the problem with this item is more widespread

    than we originally thought, we are not able to send a

    replacement. We will investigate and remedy the situation

    with the item; however, I cannot guarantee when the error may

    be fixed.

    Eventually I will try again and hope to have better luck, for

    the movies themselves are a delight and the transfers are quite

    beautiful. It seems a shame that so much work went into making

    a beautifully produced set only to be undone by poor quality

    control.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Matein-Movies
    Grew up watching their rerun movies and live TV shows. What a hilarious duo they were nobody has come close to match their comedic genius. I forgot WHAT is on second.
    Published 15 days ago by Matein Movies
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classics!
    I am so tired of all of the "reality" television and longed for something, simply.. entertaining. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Fran Salamone
    4.0 out of 5 stars Abbott & Costello
    Am not a huge fan of comedy, especially old comedy. I was hunting a particular movie, but it didn't turn out to be what I thought. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by kate
    1.0 out of 5 stars Highly upset!!!!!
    Not happy at all since I am going to have to reorder this volume. I finally get to volume #1 only to find NO DAD'S in the excellently packaged dvd holder.
    Published 1 month ago by Greg Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars YEAH! ABBOTT AND COSTELLO!
    I bought this for "Hold That Ghost" which is one of my favorite Abbott and Costello movies of all time. I had it on VHS and have been waiting for it to be released on DVD. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Grandma
    5.0 out of 5 stars a great team
    love this video. bought it for my 8 year old. he loves it and watches
    it continually--great clean fun. would definitely recommend this for the
    family.
    Published 4 months ago by maria smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Laughs from another Era
    It's almost impossible to understand how these films (the best collection in the series from this manufacturer) caused the uproar they did when they were first released ... but ... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Calicokid
    5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott & Costello Gems
    I am an ardent Abbott & Costello fan and this collection includes their first 8 movies that they made from 1940 onwards. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Rusi Mahudawala
    5.0 out of 5 stars I GREW UP WITH THESE TWO COMEDIANS AND STILL LOVE THEIR ANTICS.
    I LOVED ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GROWING UP, AND CONTINUE TO LAUGH EVEN NOW, MANY YEARS LATER.
    THEY ARE CLASSIC, ENDEARING AND NICE MEMORY OF MY PAST. I RECOMMEND THIS VOL. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by M.A. anderson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Abbot and Costello doing their thing
    Entertaining, worth the purchase price. Who's on first routine the best. Loved them since I was young and still do.
    Published 6 months ago by John W. Schumbacker
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