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Abbott & Costello - Christmas Show

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Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the season with one of the most popular comedy duos as they team up in this delightful Colgate Comedy Hour Christmas special. Splendidly restored and in color for the first time, Abbott and Costello sing and dance as well as perform their trademark comedy skits. Also featured are Margaret Whiting; The Nicholas Brothers; Buster Shaver & Olive; and Tom & Jerry.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Legend
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UNYJN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Abbott & Costello - Christmas Show" on IMDb

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Every year, I look forward to new Christmas releases of shows and specials from long ago. This year, I was thrilled to find out that the original Christmas special from Abbott & Costello's Colgate Comedy Hour would be released.

This was long overdue, but worth the wait- it's wonderful. It features a restored, colorized version of the hour long special, as well as the original black and white version, for those who want it just as it was shown. Abbott & Costello's routines are very well timed, as usual. It's fun to see them in a different light, compared to the many Universal monster spin-offs that we all love. Sprinkled in between the acts are original commercials for household items like Palmolive soap, and Colgate toothpaste, and last but not least there are special guest appearances from musical talents such as Margaret Whiting, the Four Pipers, Al Goodman and his orchestra, and other great guests such as Tom and Jerry the acrobats.

The bonus features add a nice touch to this nostalgic release. There are individual Christmas messages promoting the Christmas Seals program from stars like Virginia Mayo, Rosemary Clooney, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Ray Milland and many more (8 different messages to be exact). These add even more holiday enjoyment, reminding us of those times when issues like tuberculosis were at the forefront of our every day living.

So, when you choose this great vintage treat, sit back, relax and enjoy your Christmas season with two of the funniest men of all time, and Christmas wishes from our very best stars. This is not only a piece of our holiday history, but it's something any family will enjoy, young or old.
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This 1952 episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour" has made the rounds before, but Legend Films now offers a new colorized version. This writer wondered whether a kinescope (a black-and-white reference copy filmed off a TV monitor) could be effectively colorized, and the answer is a definite yes.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are at their very best in these Colgates, performing their familiar routines in front of a studio audience. The shows were broadcast live, so the anything-can-happen atmosphere is electric, giving Bud and Lou new spark. This one is notable for three routines: Bud trying to get Lou assaulted so they can collect damages; Lou singing "White Christmas" with Al Goodman's orchestra, leading into the old Milt Britton arrangement of "Poet and Peasant" where the musicians make a shambles of the stage. By far the funniest bit is the "recipe" routine, in which Lou stuffs a Christmas turkey... with Bud! Lou can't stop breaking up when he prepares Bud's "noodle" for the turkey, and this delightfully low comedy routine is worth the price of the DVD. There is also a lengthy variation of the team's "Pack, Unpack" routine involving Christmas presents, which looks under-rehearsed: the cast members casually improvise most of their dialogue on stage.

Veteran comedy foils Sid Fields and Dorothy Granger are on hand, with musical specialties by The Nicholas Brothers, Margaret Whiting, The Four Pipers, and dance team Buster Shaver and Olive Brasno, plus Tom & Jerry, a good acrobatic act. The vintage-1952 commercials are also included.

Great print quality (especially for a kinescope) and great entertainment for the whole family. This new color version is highly recommended.
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The very positive reviews for this disc persuaded me to purchase it, and I was not disappointed. There is a spontaneous, under-rehearsed quality to the sketches and it makes for some hilarious moments. Lou's frequent ad-libs add to the fun, something you don't get to see in their films. The makers of this disc are to be commended for providing great sound and video, and for the inclusion of the original television commercials.
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Legend Films presents "ABBOTT & COSTELLO: CHRISTMAS SHOW" (December 1952) (60 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- Legendary comedy duo Abbott and Costello give the gift of laughs in this 1952 Christmas special originally aired on TV's "Colgate Comedy Hour." --- Bud and Lou sing, dance and perform in hilarious routines, including the memorable "Scalp Treatment." Guests on the show include acrobats Tom and Jerry, the Nicholas Brothers, dancers Buster Shaver and Olive, Margaret Whiting, the Four Pipers and Al Goodman and his Orchestra.

Colorized classic television stars Abott and Costello celebrate Christmas in this special holiday episode. Originally airing as part of the Colgate Comedy Hour, the program features singing and dancing by Abbott and Costello, as well as special guest stars Margaret Whiting, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, and many more. This release also includes a fully restored version in black and white.

BIOS:
1. Bud Abbott
Date of Birth: 2 October 1895 - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Date of Death: 24 April 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Lou Costello
Date of Birth: 6 March 1906 - Paterson, New Jersey
Date of Death: 3 March 1959 - East Los Angeles, California

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Legend Films Trailers
2. Original Black-and-White Version
3. Christmas Seal Messages from Virginia Mayo,
Rosemary Clooney, Ingrid Bergman, Robert
Young, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
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