Abbott & Costello Show - 100th Anniversary Collection Season 2
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Is Who still on first if it's the second season? You'll find out with this rare and riotous collection honoring the 100th birthday of Lou Costello and featuring the landmark Abbott & Costello Show that Jerry Seinfeld calls the inspiration for his own hit series!
This remarkable 5-disc collection contains all 26 episodes of the second - and final - season (1953-1954), complete and unedited, digitally remastered, looking and sounding better than ever.
PLUS: Never-before-seen home movies of Lou Costello and his family from the 1940s and '50s - many in full color with sound! (Even Bud manages to make a few "guest appearances.") To round things out, Lou's daughters, Paddy and Chris, share warm and wonderful anecdotes about their father in exclusive interviews. A treasure for Abbott & Costello fans everywhere!
The Paperhangers - Mr. Fields forces the boys to hang wallpaper to help pay off their rent.
Uncle Bozzo's Visit - Lou's uncle, an Italian opera singer, visits, and his singing annoys Mr. Fields.
In Society - Bud & Lou are hired to pose as British noblemen at a swanky party.
Life Insurance - Mr. Fields demands the boys take out life-insurance policies that name him as beneficiary, but neither can pass the physical.
Pest Exterminators - The boys exterminate the ants at a rich lady's house, but she thinks they have killed her aunts.
Killer's Wife - A jealous boxer and his sexy wife rent a nearby apartment and Lou is suspected of carrying on with said sexy wife.
Cheapskates - The boys accidentally buy a crate of roller skates - which contain ill-gotten gems.
South of Dixie - Lou overhears a man and girl rehearsing a Civil War play and thinks the danger is real. Inspired by Buster Keaton's The General.
From Bed to Worse - The boys try to win a prize for having the best backyard garden and wind up angering their neighbor.
$1000 TV Prize - Lou answers Mr. Fields' phone and inadvertently wins a thousand-dollar prize.
Amnesia - When Lou prepares to marry a girl he's only corresponded with, Bud convinces him he has amnesia and has already married a shrew.
Efficiency Experts - The boys are hired to help control a man's daughters, who spend too much money. But they end up losing their money in a casino.
Car Trouble - Lou wins a car in a contest, but it's a lemon, so they drive to Flint for another.
Wife Wanted - Lou tries to marry his old girlfriend so he can inherit $10,000 but she's now dating a jealous wrestler.
Uncle From New Jersey - To avoid eviction, the boys convince Fields that Lou has a millionaire uncle. Lou winds up masquerading as his own uncle.
Private Eye - Lou takes a correspondence course to become a detective, and then tries to help a girl recover some old bonds.
The Tax Return - The IRS accidentally sends Lou a check for a million dollars. He cashes it and is followed by thugs.
Public Enemies - When Lou is mistaken for a fellow safecracker, the boys get involved with crooks planning a robbery.
Bank Holdup - The boys are hired as bank guards by two robbers masquerading as Brinks guys.
Well Oiled - Lou poses as a millionaire to help Mr. Fields get out of a breach-of-promise suit.
The Pigeon - Lou is set up by his sexy neighbor to take the fall for her infidelity, so that Lou is the one who gets killed by her jealous mobster boyfriend.
Honeymoon House - Lou, Bud, and Mr. Fields try to build a pre-fab house for Lou's fiancée. Inspired by Buster Keaton's One Week.
Fencing Master - Bud volunteers Lou for a science experiment that makes him immune to pain.
Beauty Contest Story - The boys judge the Miss Mud Turtle pageant, in which Mr. Fields' niece is a contestant.
Fall Guy - Two men hire Bud and Lou to take their girls out in order to circumvent their father, who doesn't like these guys.
Barber Lou - Bud enlists Lou to give him a massage.
Interview With Lou Costello's Daughters (Part Two)
Lou Costello's Home Movies (Part Two)
The Actor's Home (contains Who's On First)
Total Running Time: Approx. 800 mins.
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The five DVDs are stored in individual slimline cases that are housed in a durable heavy stock outer jacket. Shows include original opening and closing credits, but are missing the final one-minute A&C comments.
Of Season One regulars, only landlord Sid Fields remains. Mike the cop (Gordon Jump) appears semi-regularly and Hilary Brooke only once. Director is Jean Yarbrough. Jack Townley scripted many of these classic episodes; Fields co-wrote others with Clyde Bruckman, who also soloed on several. Bruckman directed one of the greatest silent movies of all time, Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL (1926), and he also collaborated with Keaton on many other classic comedies.
Season Two guests include: Bobby Barber, Don 'Red' Barry, Max Baer, Veda Ann Borg, Phyllis Coates, Tristram Coffin, Paul Fix, Percy Helton, Mary Beth Hughes, Rex Lease, Lucien Littlefield, Lou Nova, Lyle Talbot and Bingo the Chimp.
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THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO SHOW - 100TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION SEASON 1 completes the set.
It was a different time then, no home video games, no cable, and rotary phones. My house had a black and white television that needed a pair of pliers to change the channel. But on that old black and white tv, every sunday, was abbott and costello, and it were those two characters that made me understand that laughter was a cure all for sadness and medicine for the soul.
Of course there movies were great! "Abbott and costello meets frankenstein", "Mexican hayride", "Buck Privates"...but The Abbott and Costello Show was something else. Mr Fields the landlord. Mike the cop, the italian guy..Mr. Bachagaloop!( if thats how you spell his name!!)..the characters were hilarious, the laughs on their tv show was non-stop..no i mean it! NON-STOP! No musical interludes like their movies, no plot build ups...just a snowball of craziness that kept rolling on.
So i recently stumbled upon amazon about a year ago....and there I discovered this treasure. You cant get a better deal with anything, i truly believe that, five dvds, and each dvd has about five half hour episodes without the commercials..so there is no time to catch your breath between laughs. The transfer is very very clear, with good sound even though once every long while the sound goes down a tiny bit. The extras are a heart felt touch with the home movies, and the interviews with Costello's daughters. Im gonna stop running my mouth now people. This box set had me hysterical, and once again I felt the medicinal effects of laughter healing me....I honestly wish that there was some way I could go back in time and thank the two comedians for helping me make it through those tough times...
Thank you Bud and Lou
The bonus material is excellent however, as his two living daughters share a treasure of family movies as well as talking about their family lives. Again, true fans will like this. All in all it's worth it to own both seasons just to have the complete set.
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