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
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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.

The Abbott Costello Story

Author: Stephen Cox
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing
ISBN: 9781888952612
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Offers profiles of the popular comedy team, looks at their careers in vaudeville, radio, and film, shares several of their most famous routines, and includes the reminscences of those who worked with them

Abbott and Costello on the Home Front

Author: Scott Allen Nollen
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786453257
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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

Buffoon Men

Author: Scott Balcerzak
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814339662
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Film scholars and fans have used distinctive terms to describe the Classic Hollywood comedian: He is a "trickster," a "rebel," or a "buffoon." Yet the performer is almost always described as a "he." In Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Queered Masculinity, Scott Balcerzak reads the performances of notable comedians such as W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello through humor and queer theory to expose a problematic history of maleness in their personas. He argues that contrary to popular notions of Classic Hollywood history, these male comedians rearranged or, at times, rejected heteronormative protocols. Balcerzak begins by defining the particular buffoonish masculinity portrayed by early film comedians, a gender and genre construct influenced by the cultural anxieties of the 1930s and '40s. In chapter 1, he considers the onscreen pairing of W. C. Fields and Mae West to identify a queered sexuality and drag persona in Fields's performance, while in chapter 2 he examines the two major constructions of Fields's film persona-the confidence man and the husband-to show Fields to be a conflicted and subversive figure. In chapter 3, Balcerzak considers the assimilation and influence of Eddie Cantor as a Jewish celebrity, while he turns to the cross-media influence of Jack Benny's radio persona in chapter 4. In Chapters 5 and 6, he moves beyond the individual performer to examine the complex masculine brotherhood of comedy duos Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. Buffoon Men shows that the complicated history of the male comedian during the early sound era has much to tell us about multimedia comedic stars today. Fans and scholars of film history, gender studies, and broadcast studies will appreciate Balcerzak's thorough exploration of the era's fascinating gender constructs.