The Abbott and Costello Show 2 Seasons 1953

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Season 1
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20. Hillary's Birthday TV-G

Mr. Fields posts new house rules just as the boys plan a surprise party for Hillary. Lou causes trouble at the supermarket. Later, at Bud's insistence, Lou infuriates Mr. Fields by playing loud music during the party.

Runtime:
27 minutes
Original air date:
April 17, 1953

Hillary's Birthday

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Season 1
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    1. The Drug Store With Bud and Lou eight weeks behind on rent and facing eviction, Mr. Fields sends them to work in his brother's drug store. Unfortunately, Lou can't cut it as a soda jerk and ends up wrecking the place.

    TV-G 27min December 5, 1952
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    2. The Dentist's Office Lou has a terrible toothache, so Bud takes him to the dentist where Hillary works as a nurse. When the dentist fails to help, Bud schemes to get Lou arrested in order to receive free treatment in jail.

    TV-G 27min December 12, 1952
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    3. Jail Lou shoots a hole in Mrs. Crumbcake's water pail, and she sues him for 79 cents in damages. While in jail, he comes to blows with a crazed cell mate, who becomes enraged at the mere mention of "Niagara Falls."

    TV-G 27min December 19, 1952
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    4. The Vacation Bud and Lou plan to vacation at the Biltmore Hotel near Phoenix, and stock up at Sporty Fields' sporting goods store. But as Lou packs, Bud worries that Mr. Fields will rent their apartment out from under them while they're gone.

    TV-G 27min December 26, 1952
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    5. The Birthday Party Lou throws himself a birthday party, but mistakes ant paste for antipasto and makes all of his guests ill. After Bud throws him out of their apartment, Lou consoles himself by ordering a giant cake at Mr. Bacciagalupe's bakery.

    TV-G 27min January 2, 1953
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    6. Alaska Lou receives word that his uncle has struck gold in Alaska, and the boys plan to join him. But they are delayed by a bank robbery, and then literally get stuck when Lou accidentally adds quick-drying cement to Bud's foot bath. (Bud sports a mustache for the first time in this episode.)

    TV-G 27min January 9, 1953
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    7. The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman Bud and Lou visit the employment agency run by Mr. Fields' brother, and Lou lands a job selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. His demonstration skills are then put to the test at a farmhouse with disastrous results.

    TV-G 27min January 16, 1953
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    8. The Army Story Bud and Lou join the Army National Guard. While at basic training, they have physicals, shoot dice in the barracks, and go through drill practice.

    TV-G 26min January 23, 1953
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    9. Pots and Pans Lou tries his hand at selling aluminum cookware door-to-door. When he volunteers to cook a demonstration duck dinner for the neighbors at Mr. Fields' apartment, culinary mayhem ensues.

    TV-G 26min January 30, 1953
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    10. The Charity Bazaar The boys help out selling tickets for Hillary's charity bazaar. Lou blows all his money at the kissing booth, and Bud tries raising some funds with the old shell game.

    TV-G 27min February 6, 1953
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    11. The Western Story Bud and Lou accept Hillary's invitation to visit her at her uncle's "B-Bar-Bop Ranch" near the Mexican border. There, they join a posse tracking down cattle rustlers, and Lou tangles with the leader of the gang in a western saloon.

    TV-G 27min February 13, 1953
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    12. The Haunted House Bud and Lou accompany Hillary to the haunted castle of her deceased uncle, Montague Brooke. According to his will, if she can spend the entire night there, she'll inherit the estate and all its treasures.

    TV-G 27min February 20, 1953
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    13. Peace and Quiet Lou is suffering from a terrible bout of insomnia, so Bud takes him to see a psychiatrist, who prescribes "Dr. Drowsy's Sleep-Inducing Record." When that doesn't work, Bud checks Lou into a sanitarium for a good night's rest.

    TV-G 27min February 27, 1953
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    14. Hungry Bud and Lou visit a couple of restaurants in search of a satisfying meal and encounter trouble with Mr. Bacciagalupe's meatballs, twin waitresses and a very fresh oyster.

    TV-G 26min March 6, 1953
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    15. The Music Lovers Hillary's father is visiting from the country and expresses his desire for her to marry a man with musical talent. Lou takes a disastrous class at Professor Melonhead's Singing School, and then Bud concocts a scheme to make Costello look like a piano virtuoso.

    TV-G 27min March 13, 1953
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    16. The Politician Bud schemes to take a photograph of Mr. Fields beating up Lou so the boys can sue the landlord. After a councilman gets Lou out of trouble, Bud decides Costello should run for public office. He delivers a speech in the park that causes a disruption when he gives away his shoes, coat, shirt, tie and pants to needy young women in the crowd.

    TV-G 27min March 20, 1953
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    17. The Wrestling Story Lou and Stinky agree to settle their differences in a wrestling match for the policemen's benefit. Before the match, Bud comes up with a plan to get a free meal by borrowing Mike the Cop's uniform. Later, when Stinky falls ill, Lou is forced to wrestle his kid brother, Ivan the Terrible.

    TV-G 27min March 27, 1953
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    18. Getting a Job Bud finds work loafing in a bakery and insists that Lou also get a job. Lou runs into problems delivering a box of hats to the Susquehanna Hat Company. Later, the boys pay a visit to Mr. Fields' Employment Agency.

    TV-G 27min April 3, 1953
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    19. The Chimp Lou decides to bring Bingo the Chimp home from the pet shop and causes confusion at City Hall when he accidentally applies for a marriage license. Then, at the rooming house, the boys attempt to hide Bingo from Mr. Fields.

    TV-G 27min April 10, 1953
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    20. Hillary's Birthday Mr. Fields posts new house rules just as the boys plan a surprise party for Hillary. Lou causes trouble at the supermarket. Later, at Bud's insistence, Lou infuriates Mr. Fields by playing loud music during the party.

    TV-G 27min April 17, 1953
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    21. Television Bud and Lou become contestants on the TV game show "Hold That Cuckoo" and win a pack of bubblegum. Later, their drunk neighbor, John Rednose, slips on the gum outside the rooming house and hauls Mr. Fields to court.

    TV-G 27min April 24, 1953
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    22. Las Vegas The boys have won an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and decide to take Hillary along. But first they have to buy a used car from Friendly Fields' Used Car Lot. Later, in Vegas, Lou loses all his money and plays a violent game of billiards.

    TV-G 26min May 1, 1953
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    23. Little Old Lady The boys attempt to help an old lady who has been dispossessed. They win $300 playing amusement park midway games, but the old lady uses the money to place a bet with her bookie.

    TV-G 27min May 8, 1953
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    24. The Actor's Home Mr. Bacciagalupe asks Lou to watch his ice cream stand. Later, while the boys are selling newspapers, a philanthropist gives them two five hundred dollar bills. Assuming they are fake, Bud tears up the money. When he learns the money was real, he loses is mind and gets hauled off to the Retired Actor's Home.

    TV-G 27min May 15, 1953
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    25. Police Rookies The boys plan to enroll in the police academy, and get some pointers from Mike over dinner. Then Professor Melonhead tries to whip them into shape at the police gym, before Lou hits the firing range and "blows up the joint."

    TV-G 27min May 22, 1953
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    26. Safari Bingo is sick in bed with a 172 degree temperature. Lou figures that he misses his family, so the entire gang heads to the Belgian Congo to find Bingo's father. Lou tangles with a real gorilla, thinking it's Bud in a monkey suit.

    TV-G 27min May 29, 1953

Product Details

Genres Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Jean Yarbrough
Supporting actors Hillary Brooke, Gordon Jones, Sid Fields, Joe Kirk, Joan Shawlee, Lee Patrick, Charles Anthony Hughes, Bingo the Chimp
Season year 1953
Network Koch Entertainment Distribution
Executive Producer Pat Costello
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I think the color was not as hyped either.
Paul Lane
The color images helped me to realize that the people in this war were ordinary folks like me, and they had no choice but to be brave and try to survive in hell.
D. Young
I am a huge Abbott and Costello fan, and this set was a great addition to my collection.
Wemdell Carmack

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evan Watkins on December 28, 2013
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This team does a very good job of sharing details without being boring. We've seen other WWII documentaries that needed more energy like this overview has. Too bad it's no longer running
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By luiggi on April 8, 2013
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This was a step back to my childhood. I loved every episode. Would greatly recomend it to young people who are interested in ture comedy, that is making people laugh without lowering your level to haviong to say dirty words. This is an excelent look at how it's done.
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Real disappointment , history is real fuzzy until I read that this was co directed by the French govt. so instead of losing the war, and giving the nazis the Vichy collaborators , they won the war sort of
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By Andrew on January 13, 2014
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This series is by far my favorite not only because it's extremely informational but more so the amount of time and effort they took to compile all the footage being shown and the quality it was delivered in.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nuikulana on May 29, 2013
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The subject matter and footage were very good, but many times the narration was drowned out by the video audio. Bad mixing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nexus on July 25, 2013
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This is a well paced overview of World War II with a huge amount of color footage. A lot of it I had never seen before, and the colorization was well done. The narration is not the original but script is mostly the same. Others have complained about poor audio equalization but I haven't noticed it. I've watched it on my television and with headphones and both seemed acceptable.
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