Abbott & Costello - Christmas Show
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If anyone has doubts about quality based on the age of the show, there is no need. Both the black-and-white and color versions are in great quality. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
DVD did not play in my player. Probably the wrong format. Money spent was returned.Published 15 months ago by Salvatore J. Battaglia
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My Dad was quite pleased with this DVD. He owns just about everything Abbott and Costello. I gave him a nice surprise as he did not remember this Christmas show.Published 20 months ago by Michelle A. Dayton
Taken from the 1952 episode of "The Colgate Comedy Hour", what distinguishes this version of the ABBOTT AND COSTELLO THE CHRISTMAS SHOW from other releases is that it can... Read morePublished 21 months ago by tvtv3
If you are looking for a DVD to add to your Christmas holiday collection--this is a must have! A wonderful DVD that your whole family will love! Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Deidre Ann
I am almost 52 and my daughter almost 26, and we both love them what ever they do, they make us laugh...Published on March 18, 2014 by Yves Rinfret