Abbott and Costello in Hollywood

Author: Bob Furmanek
Publisher: Perigee
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Provides in-depth coverage of the comedy team's thirty-six films, featuring excerpts from original shooting scripts and discussing their influence on modern comedians

Bud Lou

Author: Bob Thomas
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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Biography of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time.

Lou s on First

Author: Chris Costello
Publisher: Crossroad Press
ISBN:
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This intimate portrait of Lou Costello (1906-1959) offers a rare look at one of the most talented comedians of all time. Starting in the 1930s, Costello attained enormous fame touring the burlesque circuits with straight man Bud Abbott (1895-1974). Their live skits (including "Who's on First?"), radio programs, and films such as One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and In the Navy made comic history. Behind the scenes, however, Costello faced numerous crises: a bout with rheumatic fever that left him bedridden for months, the drowning death of his young son, and constant haggles with Universal Studios over its reluctance to adequately finance productions of Abbott and Costello films. Lou's on First goes beyond Costello's clownish persona to explore his Pagliacci nature: the private demons behind the happy public face, the heartbreaking moments in an otherwise storybook marriage, the business ventures soured by unscrupulous managers, and the true nature of the breakup of his twenty-one-year partnership with Bud Abbott.

The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello

Author: Jeffrey S. Miller
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786419227
Format: PDF, Kindle
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While Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are more famously known for their straight comedy routines, they did make a number of films in which horror played a crucial role. The first part of this critical reference examines the Abbott and Costello "Meet the Monsters" spoof films (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Mummy). The second sections deals with Abbott and Costello's films with horror elements that do not follow this formula: Hold That Ghost, The Time of Their Lives and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff. The plot of each film is examined in detail with special attention paid to the comedians' styles of comedy, the effect of the horror scenes, and the place of the film in the Abbott and Costello canon. The reactions of critics (then and now) and the influences the films have had on the horror and comedy genres and on pop culture are also discussed. A lengthy introduction provides background on the lives of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and the development of Universal Studios as the premier horror factory.

Hollywood Classics Title Index to All Movies Reviewed in

Author: John Howard Reid
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557720869
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A complete index to all the films reviewed in all 24 of the "Hollywood Classics" movie books, this massive final volume not only devotes 120 pages to the title index but also contains 212 pages of exhaustive details and comments on an additional 80 must-see films. This additional 80 includes such classics as "A Streetcar Named Desire", the 1937 "Prisoner of Zenda", the multi-award winning "All the King's Men", Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", Henry King's "Tol'able David", Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments", Byron Haskin's "The War of the Worlds", the Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor "Waterloo Bridge", the Clark Gable and Jean Harlow "Red Dust", Ronald Colman's "If I Were King", the classic noir "Out of the Past", three versions of "Romeo and Juliet", and the delightful Claudette Colbert and James Stewart comedy, "It's a Wonderful World".

Abbott and Costello on the Home Front

Author: Scott Allen Nollen
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786453257
Format: PDF
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As two of the most popular entertainers of the mid-century film industry, comic greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello offered an essential balm to the American public following the sorrows of the Great Depression and during the trauma of World War II. This is the first book to focus in detail on the immensely popular wartime films of Abbott and Costello, discussing the production, content, and reception of 18 films within the context of wartime events on the home front and abroad. The films covered include the service comedies Buck Privates, In the Navy, and Keep ’Em Flying; more mainstream comic relief films such as Pardon My Sarong and Who Done It?; and post-war experiments such as Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives. More than 120 stills and lobby cards from the author’s personal collection illustrate the text, including many showing outtakes or deleted scenes.

Buck Privates

Author: Ron Palumbo
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781593934958
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MagicImage Filmbooks proudly launches a brand new series featuring the classic comedies of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello with their first hit, BUCK PRIVATES. Ron Palumbo, co-author of "Abbott and Costello in Hollywood" and founder of the Official Abbott and Costello Fan Club, has written an outstanding production history, lavishly illustrated with over 150 stills and frame grabs. "The result is not just a thorough look at one milestone movie," says Leonard Maltin, "but a rich serving of Hollywood history." As always, each MagicImage volume features the film's original Shooting Script and Pressbook. "Hollywood in Abbott and Costello's era is such a magical period in our imaginations. MagicImage's upcoming book, Buck Privates, is the next best thing to going back and watching them make the film. Any student of comedy, or anybody who loves comedy and comedy teams, is going to be thrilled with this book." - Tom Smothers, Comedian

Freakonomics

Author: Steven D. Levitt
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783442154517
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Sind Swimmingpools gefährlicher als Revolver? Warum betrügen Lehrer? Der preisgekrönte Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Steven D. Levitt kombiniert Statistiken, deren Zusammenführung und Gegenüberstellung auf den ersten Blick absurd erscheint, durch seine Analysetechnik aber zu zahlreichen Aha-Effekten führt. Ein äußerst unterhaltsamer Streifzug durch die Mysterien des Alltags, der uns schmunzeln lässt und stets über eindimensionales Denken hinausführt.

Costume Design in the Movies

Author: Elizabeth Leese
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486134296
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Comprehensive, lavishly illustrated reference work provides biographical/career data for major designers (Adrian, Jean Louis, Edith Head, more). Updated to 1988, with over 400 new film credits. 177 illustrations. Index of 6,000 films.