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The Abbott and Costello Show

2 Seasons

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (105) IMDb 8.5/10

Niagara Falls, Mustard, The Lemon Bit... all their classic routines are here - digitally restored and re-mastered - in this special collector's edition of The Abbott and Costello Show.

Starring:
Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

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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 Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: May 29, 1953
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The DVD is everything I exprected it to be and was delivered within a few days. I did not have to
wait a week to get what I ordered. The qualityof the DVD is outstanding and I have watchedd it
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My husband and I just watched the last episode on this DVD containing the "Who's on First" routine and we loved it! Abbott and Costello's comic timing is amazing. The quality of the DVD is great. It brought us back to the 1950's experience of watching shows on little black and white TVs. That's what TV viewing was like in the 1950's! Great memories.
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Not what the picture on Amazon led me to believe (perhaps I should note the "fine" print next time). I thought it was only the "Who's On First" bit from the motion pictures. Never-the-less, it is a compilation of six of their TV shows. Most of the shows they did, including the episodes on this DVD, were vignettes of their movies. Hence, they are forced to scale down the bits due to time constraints inherent in a thirty minute television show . The movie version I remember was about as long as the radio version which fortunately I was able to get some years ago on cassette. The main difference is that more players are included and it takes Lou longer to completely lose it. I think you will enjoy laughing more with the longer version if you can get a copy of the 1945 film, "The Naughty Nineties". This film version of the "Who's On First" sketch is shown at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. If you have seen the sketch (who hasn't) enjoy it again. If you have not seen or heard it (what planet have you been on?), it is a must see. Perhaps the funniest routine done by any comedy duo ever. The timing of Bud and Lou is incredible, not to mention remembering all the names, positions and other patter.
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This is absolutely the greatest comedic dialogue I have ever come across. There are other episodes to this DVD, but I consider the Who's on First performance to be the best. I can now understand why these two are the only non baseball people who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is a unique experience. There is nothing else I can compare it to. It definitely stands alone.
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Classic comedy that should be in the video collection of any one who appreciates good clean comedy. From the beginning to the end of this video,if you are unmoved then you are truly without any humor. The ability to make people laugh without sex, profanity, or at the expense of some one else is a lost art. The section who's on first is a masterpiece in it self. Just trying to keep up in the beginning was funny, and to turn words of t into names, inter change them and not fumble was hilarious. great video.
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Great DVD! Simply hilarious! Only drawback is the menu doesn't say which episode the "Who's on First" skit is in, which is mainly why I purchased this DVD. I started to think the DVD was mistitled, and did not actually contain this skit. Had to Google it to find out it's in episode 6, the last one on the DVD,"The Actor's Home".
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As old as this production is, redone onto a CD is incredibly perfect. Even tho' it's black and white, the picture is perfect and Who
s On First is far more funny than I had remembered. You've got to see it again. It's great!
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This is a relatively fast-moving World War Two documentary. It is mostly pretty accurate, and features a very good narration and some excellent war footage. Mostly this series avoids controversy and tells the story without grinding any particular political ax. The thing I liked about this series is that it actually provided some interesting insights and facts that I had not heard of before, and I have read countless books on the Second World War. This one is entertaining and informative. RJB.
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