ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SET #2 MOVIE PAGE




ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SET #2



HIT THE ICE(1943):

This is quite entertaining!! B-

A review from Amazon.com:

This is one of Bud and Lou's funnier movies. It features
the pack that grip routine, teller in the bank, you couldn't
whip cream with an outboard motor, and the phony piano
playing routine,as well as some nice songs from Ginnie
Simms and the Johnny Long Band. The chase scene at
the end was silly, but other than that, this is a lot of fun
for any fan of Bud and Lou. - Edward S. Yanowitz (Silver Spring)

Cast of Hit The Ice:

Bud Abbott ... Flash Fulton
Lou Costello ... Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy
Ginny Simms ... Marcia Manning
Patric Knowles ... Dr. Bill Elliot (Credits) / Dr. William 'Bill' Burns (in Film)
Elyse Knox ... Nurse Peggy Osborne
Joe Sawyer ... Buster - Silky's Henchman (as Joseph Sawyer)
Marc Lawrence ... Phil - Silky's Henchman
Sheldon Leonard ... Harry 'Silky' Fellowsby
Johnny Long and His Orchestra ... Themselves



IN SOCIETY(1944):

I wasn't very impressed with this! Maybe the boys
worst movie to me! Haven't seen all of them tho,
so not sure!! C

A review from Amazon.com:

This movie starts out as one of the best Abbott &
Costello feature films...it kind of falls flat at the
end though. The first 3/4 of the movie is fast paced
with some of their funniest routines. The highlights
are when they try to fix a leaky faucet & one of
their funniest routines ever...also just by itself
worth purchasing this film...the Susquehanna Hat
Company...fabulous. Everytime I see that routine
it cracks me up...a true classic. Overall this is a
very good movie...the last 25 minutes could've been
better though. - Shyblader

Cast of In Society:

Bud Abbott ... Eddie Harrington
Lou Costello ... Albert Mansfield
Marion Hutton ... Elsie Hammerdingle
Kirby Grant ... Peter Evans
Margaret Irving ... Mrs. Roger Winthrop
Ann Gillis ... Gloria Winthrop
Arthur Treacher ... Pipps, Butler
Thomas Gomez ... Drexel
George Dolenz ... Baron Sergel
Steven Geray ... Count Alexis
Murray Leonard ... Otto Marlow (knife thrower)
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Henry Van Cleve
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Van Cleve
William B. Davidson ... Parker (the Van Cleves' butler)
Margie Fontane ... Herself (The Three Sisters)



HERE COME THE CO-EDS(1945):

Not the best but far from the worst of the boys movies!
And Lou finally comes out a winner! C+

A review from Amazon.com:

This may not be prime A&C but its pretty darn close.
There are many classic routines here including the
oyster in the soup, the Little Red riding Hood story
(AKA Jonah & the Whale), and a long set piece where
Lou destroys a kitchen. The film also benefits from
having a great heavy: Lon Chaney Jr! This one also
has more action than usual with a hilarious girls
basketball game and a great and bizarre climactic
chase. The best part of the show is when Lou wrestles
Lon Chaney. You will laugh! - M. S Swanson

Cast of Here Come The Co-Eds:

Bud Abbott ... Slats McCarthy
Lou Costello ... Oliver Quackenbush
Peggy Ryan ... Patty Gayle
Martha O'Driscoll ... Molly McCarthy
June Vincent ... Diane Kirkland
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Johnson (as Lon Chaney)
Donald Cook ... Dean Larry Benson
Charles Dingle ... Jonathan Kirkland
Richard Lane ... Near-sighted Man at Ballroom
Joe Kirk ... Honest Dan Murphy the Booki
Bill Stern ... Himself (sports announcer)
Phil Spitalny ... Himself (leader, Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra)
Evelyn Kaye Klein ... Herself (Evelyn and Her Magic Violin)
Ruth Lee ... Miss Holford (unconfirmed)
Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra ... Themselves


THE NAUGHTY NINETIES(1945):

Again one of the lesser movies with the boys, but
better than In Society! And it has the complete
"Who's On First" routine! C+

A review from Amazon.com:

The Naughty Nineties, has the boys playing an
actor(Abbott) and his assisstant(Costello) aboard
a river boat.When the Captain gets in trouble with
gangsters, the guys come to the rescue. Includes
the entire "Who's on first" routine and the "Lower
singing" routine. - "hedeschance"

Cast of The Naughty Nineties:

Bud Abbott ... Dexter Broadhurst
Lou Costello ... Sebastian Dinwiddle
Alan Curtis ... Mr. Crawford
Rita Johnson ... Bonita Farrow
Henry Travers ... Capt. Sam Jackson
Lois Collier ... Miss Caroline Jackson
Joe Sawyer ... Bailey
Joe Kirk ... Croupier
Rainbow Four ... Themselves



LITTLE GIANT(1946):

This one is pretty straight! Not entirely, of course
with Abbott and Costello, however Abbottt's character
is entirely straight, all three of them! And Lou, while
still in his slap-stick mode, plays most of the movie
straight! Playing a vacuum cleaner salesman just
trying to make money for his mom and girlfriend
back home, he is of course bantied about from one
place to another. not being very successful until he
starts reading minds(lol)! Very good movie! B+

A review from Amazon.com:

I first saw this movie many years ago after seeing
countless A&C comedies. I was absolutely amazed
by the incredible job that Lou Costello did as a
dramatic actor in his role as a vacuum cleaner
salesman working for his ruthless and self-serving
boss (Bud Abbott). If you like A&C movies you MUST
see this one. - Lewis Thompson

Cast of Little Giant:

Bud Abbott ... Eddie L. Morrison / T.S. Chandler
Lou Costello ... Benny Miller
Brenda Joyce ... Miss Ruby Burke
Jacqueline deWit ... Hazel Temple Morrison
George Cleveland ... Clarence Goodring
Elena Verdugo ... Martha Hill
Mary Gordon ... Ma Miller
Pierre Watkin ... P.S. Van Loon
Donald MacBride ... The conductor
Victor Kilian ... Gus Anderson (salesman)
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Hendrickson
George Chandler ... O'Brien (salesman)
Sid Fields ... Air-pump customer
Beatrice Gray ... Miss King
Bert Roach ... Joe (bartender)



THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES(1946):

This is an amazingly good movie!!! Didn't start out
seaming that way, but stick with it, it gets MUCH
better with Lou carrying most of the movie as a
ghost! A

A review from Amazon.com:

I just finsihed reading everyone's reviews and agree
wholeheartly: this is the BEST Abbott & Costello
movie ever! I remember watching their movies every
Sunday morning at 11:30 when I was a kid. But this
one is by far the best and is my all time favorite! The
funny thing is, I haven't met too many peoole who
know this movie! - A customer

Cast of The Time Of Their Lives:

Bud Abbott ... Tom Watson
Lou Costello ... George Bell
Mitzi Green ... Rosette
Tom Ewell ... Nugget Joe McDermott
Bruce Cabot ... Jake Stillman
Emory Parnell ... Sherman
Jack Ingram ... Henchman
Rex Lease ... Old-Timer
Joe Kirk ... Henchman (as Joseph Kirk)
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. McGillicuddy



BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME:(1947)

Pretty cute, one thing is it has a good ten minutes from
Buck Privates at the begining!! However it turns into its
own when Evey is introduced and becomes the focal point
of the movie! B+

A review from Amazon.com:

In this sequel to 1941's Buck Privates, Bud and Lou are on
their way home from the war in Europe (having joined the
Army by mistake in the first film). Lou is smuggling home
Evey, an adorable French orphan. When Evey is discovered
and scheduled for deportation, the only way Bud and Lou
can keep her is to get real jobs, a real home, and a real
wife. They seek out Evey's "Aunt" Sylvia for help, but first
her fiancee needs some quick cash to get his midget-car
racer ready for the big race. Of course, the whole thing
ends with Lou in the car, leading the cops on a hilarious
chase. And don't worry--Evey finds a real home with Sylvia.
Buck Privates Come Home is one of those rare sequels
that may be better than the original. It's got plenty
of routines, sight gags, and action--and only one of
those musical interludes that frustrate dyed-in-the-wool
A&C fans. The following year, Bud and Lou would team
up with the same director and writers to make the
classic Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. --Geof Miller

Cast of Buck Privates Come Home:

Bud Abbott ... Slicker Smith
Lou Costello ... Herbie Brown
Tom Brown ... Bill Gregory
Joan Shawlee ... Sylvia Hunter (as Joan Fulton)
Nat Pendleton ... Sgt. Michael Collins
Beverly Simmons ... Yvonne 'Evie' LeBrec
Don Porter ... Capt. Christie
Donald MacBride ... Police captain
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Roberts (State Department)
Charles Trowbridge ... J.P. Quince (banker)
Russell Hicks ... William Appleby (president, Appleby Motors)
Joe Kirk ... Grant Realty salesman
Knox Manning ... Introductory narrator
Milburn Stone ... Auto race announcer


THE WISTFUL WIDOW OF WAGON GAP(1947):

This one is really different for the boys, with Lou
carrying the bulk of the film western style! He "kills"
a man and promptly wins the responsibility of the
dead man's wife and children! Pretty good movie really! B

A review from Amazon.com:

This is one of my favorite Abbott and Costello movies
and one of their best. There really isn't that much
interplay between Abbott and Costello, despite the
basics, as Marjorie Main consumes (or inhales) a lot
of the attention. The classic and time consuming
routines are also few and far between. The script is
one of the tightest in the team's movies and there
aren't really any dead spots. The supporting characters
are very strong and Abbott and Costello don't have to
scene steal to be effective. The plot is thus: Abbott
and Costello come to Wagon Gap and shoot off a gun
to make a statement. A man falls dead and, faster
then you can say "railroad", Costello is made the sole
supporter of the dead man's family. Marjorie Main
plays the less then weeping widow. She's actually a
very talented comedian, her gruff, manly demeanor
aside. The townsfolk are seedy vigilantes and provide
a hostile setting. The humor is great, with some great,
subtle lines and a very funny routine where Costello
gets smacked with paint while painting a fence. The
best plot twist is Costello being named sheriff because
no one will touch him (much less shoot him) as they
would have to provide for the gruff and nagging Main.
The typical hurricane ending is less chaotic and more
pleasing then the regular. A lot of fun and one of my
favorite Abbott and Costello movies. - solongsuckers

Cast of The Wistful Widow Of Wagon Gap:

Bud Abbott ... Duke Egan
Lou Costello ... Chester Wooley
Marjorie Main ... Widow Hawkins
Audrey Young ... Juanita Hawkins
George Cleveland ... Judge Benbow
Gordon Jones ... Jake Frame
William Ching ... Jim Simpson
Peter M. Thompson ... Phil (as Peter Thompson)
Bill Clauson ... Matt Hawkins
Bill O'Leary ... Billy Hawkins (as Billy O'Leary)
Pamela Wells ... Sarah Hawkins
Jimmy Bates ... Jefferson Hawkins
Paul Dunn ... Lincoln Hawkins
Diane Florentine ... Sally Hawkins
Rex Lease ... Hank


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