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Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bud Abbott ...  Bud Abbott 52 episodes, 1952-1954
Lou Costello ...  Lou Costello 52 episodes, 1952-1954
Sid Fields ...  Sid Fields / ... 50 episodes, 1952-1954
Gordon Jones ...  Mike Kelly / ... 34 episodes, 1952-1954
Bobby Barber ...  Hercules / ... 26 episodes, 1952-1954
Hillary Brooke ...  Hillary Brooke / ... 23 episodes, 1952-1953
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Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.

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Comedy | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott ja Costello See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Even though he was a middle-aged man of 46 when the show began, Lou Costello did most of his own stunts on the show. An athlete in his youth, he was actually a stuntman in Hollywood for a time back in the silent era before he teamed up with partner Bud Abbott, and was renowned for taking spectacular pratfalls in his films and on stage. Stuntmen were used for the more potentially dangerous stunts--being knocked through walls, getting hit by cars, etc.--but most of the falls you see Costello take were actually done by him. For example, in the episode "The Tax Return", there's a scene in which two crooks break into Bud & Lou's apartment, and a rather knock-down, drag-out brawl erupts. Although it looks like a stuntman is doubling for Lou in the fight scene, at one point the "stuntman" turns around and it is very clear that it actually is Costello doing the fighting. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lou Costello: I'm a b-a-a-a-d boy!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »

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Great TV show.
16 January 2006 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

The A & C show is one of the funniest comedy shows in the history of television. All of the skits that made this comedy team American comedy icons are in this series. And what adds to the shenanigans is the cast of those inimical characters that we still talk about - Mike the Cop, Mr. Fields the landlord, Hillary Brooks (Lou adored her. And how could anyone not react with a smile when she would condescendingly refer to Costello as "Louis?"), Mr. Bacigalupe and Lou's "friend" Stinky. Every episode is funny; every character is funny, and this show is proof that humor does not have to be dirty to be funny. Bud Abbott's sneer, Lou's whining, Mike's indignation, all that and more is what is to be found in this treasure chest of comedy, brought to you by one of the greatest comedy teams of all times - Abbott and Costello.


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