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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The heirs and successors of Abbott and Costello sued for copyright infringement.
The 1953 film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, also starring Boris Karloff, originally had an X certificate.
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His writing credits include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
His name was removed from the credits of films, which had included scripts for the old vaudevillians Abbott and Costello, who were for a spell in the 1940s the hottest property in Hollywood.
Abbott and Costello features, on the other hand, earn only the comic relief role for American Movie Classics or Turner Classic Movies.
It somehow felt right that England's D-Day encounter with the Argies was in the hands of John Motson and Trevor Brooking, a double act as maligned as Abbott and Costello but perfect for the occasion.
PREMATURELY LAUNCHED IN A wayward rocket targeted at Mars in 1953's Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, the famous comedy-film team first negotiated New York's Lincoln Tunnel and then continued to New Orleans in time for a Mardi Gras touchdown.
Who can forget the old Abbott and Costello "Who's on first?
On November 21, Warner Home Video tickles the funny bone with the release of "Classic Comedy Teams Collection," featuring six classic comedies from three of Hollywood's legendary comedy teams - The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, and Laurel and Hardy.
Dubbed the Abbott and Costello of the sock world, their latest five-star-rated Show is Socks in Space.
George Osborne and David Cameron, what a comic team Better than Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy it would seem One makes speeches which the other one denies They then point out, that all the experts who criticise them, are merely telling lies They are getting paid a fortune for doing what they do Trouble is, it is now becoming obvious, they haven't got a clue We could all have a good laugh at this top comedy act If it wasn't so serious, the effect that their policies have, So now we've got two more years of misery, with our comic pair But then when we get our chance to vote, all laughs are off, and we must make sure that we are there by Arthur-Lowe, Liverpool