Abbott and Costello


Best films:
6.0 Hold That Ghost (1941)
6.0 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
5.5 Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
5.5 Who Done It? (1942)
5.5 Buck Privates (1941)
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The vaudeville comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello teamed up in 1936 and became famous first on radio (1938) and then on television (1951) with their routine "Who's on First?". They transitioned to cinema with the farce One Night in the Tropics (1940), the remake of silent movie Love Insurance (1919). They found their ideal format in the parody of Hollywood genres. When World War II started, they emerged with farcical war-movies such as Buck Privates (1941), In the Navy (1941), and Keep 'Em Flying (1941), directed by Arthur Lubin and written by John Grant, who would remain their main writer. Then they mocked the western in Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942), again directed by Arthur Lubin, and in Charles Barton's The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947), the spy movie in Rio Rita (1942, an adaptation of a 1927 Broadway musical), the detective movie in Who Done It? (1942), the gangster movie in Hit the Ice (1943), which started their collaboration with director Charles Lamont, Jean Yarbrough directed them in In Society (1944), Here Come The Co-Eds (1945) and The Naughty Nineties (1945), a tribute to their burlesque origins. The Time of Their Lives (1946), one of their least artificial movies, began a collaboration with director Charles Barton.

Their favorite genres were the exotic movie, which they ridiculed in Pardon My Sarong (1942) and Lost in a Harem (1944), and later in Charles Barton's movies Mexican Hayride (1948) and Africa Screams (1949) and in Lamont's Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950); and the horror movie, which they lampooned in Lubin's Hold That Ghost (1941), in Barton's movies Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer (1949), in Lamont's movies Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), Abbott and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1953) and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955). They even parodied science fiction in Lamont's Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953).

John Grant wrote most of their jokes in these films. He died in 1955 and one year later Abbott and Costello parted ways.

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