Abbott and Costello


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Abbott and Costello

(kŏstĕl`ō), American comedy team of William Alexander "Bud" Abbott, 1895–1974, b. Asbury Park, N.J., and Lou Costello, 1906–59, b. Paterson, N.J., as Louis Francis Cristillo. From 1931 to 1957 the tall, elegant Abbott played "straight man" to the short, roly-poly Costello in various stage, film, radio, and television routines. Extremely popular in the 1940s, they were well known for their series of successful movies including Buck Privates (1941) and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). The duo was also famous for their "Who's on first?" skit.
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Abbott and Costello would probably laugh to see themselves included on such a prestigious list.
There's a pub named after him in Erdington, and the event on Sunday will recognise the work he did in the movies as well as showing a rare Abbott and Costello episode that he starred in.
It was like Abbott and Costello,'' the chatty New Yorker adds, guffawing.
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Today's Star Wars generations may be very surprised to discover that The Force was with Abbott and Costello way back in Hollywood's Golden Age," says producer Larry Harrington, who spent several years on this project.
The producers reckon they are the funniest duo on American TV since Abbott and Costello.
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He speaks of his love for Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and the ``drollery'' of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
To lighten the mood, AMC will air ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) at 6:30 AM.
Next, at 12:00 PM (ET), Abbott and Costello come to the aid of a ship's captain when cardsharks take over his Mississippi riverboat in THE NAUGHTY NINETIES (1945), the film featuring their enduring routine "Who's on First?
It's another hallmark of the James Whale and Tod Browning-directed originals, before the studio let Abbott and Costello really trash the franchises.
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