By Scott Allen Nollen
As of the most well-liked entertainers of the mid-century movie undefined, comedian greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello provided an important balm to the yankee public following the sorrows of the good melancholy and through the trauma of global battle II. this is often the 1st ebook to concentration intimately at the immensely renowned wartime movies of Abbott and Costello, discussing the construction, content material, and reception of 18 movies in the context of wartime occasions at the domestic entrance and in another country. the flicks coated comprise the provider comedies greenback Privates, within the army, and preserve 'Em Flying; extra mainstream comedian reduction movies comparable to Pardon My Sarong and Who performed It?; and post-war experiments corresponding to Little monstrous and The Time in their Lives. greater than one hundred twenty stills and foyer playing cards from the author's own assortment illustrate the textual content, together with many displaying outtakes or deleted scenes.
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Asks Chuck. “I get too many stupid answers,” Ferdie replies. Charlie descends the stairs into the cellar to “rustle up” some heat, and is strangled by a gloved killer who emerges from the furnace. The survivors prepare some soup with the water from the pump and sit down at the dining table. The scene is peppered with classic bits of Abbott and Costello dialogue. ” Tasting the soup, Camille declares, “Just like mother used to make. ” When Chuck mentions that the water “might be poison,” Ferdie is chosen as food taster, and (in a bit of classic Costello shtick) he uses his necktie to hoist the glass to his mouth.
Carol Bruce—arguably the most stunning female in the history of Bud and Lou—was appearing in her second ﬁlm, after being signed by Universal. Initially nervous about per- 4. In the Air Corps 41 forming with the team, she was calmed by Lubin’s professionalism and Lou’s shenanigans. ” Lou didn’t think they ﬁt and had them cut out of the picture. I felt a lot of rejection and trauma when I viewed the picture the ﬁrst time and found them missing. I was young and it took a long time before I realized that Lou knew what was best for the ﬁlm.
Pomeroy agrees. The set for the “Hula Ba Luau” number, a mock-up of the grounds surrounding the Honolulu Royal Palms Hotel, was the largest ever built on a Universal soundstage. The sisters, with ﬂowers in their hair and bongos on their belts, were backed up by a Hawaiian contingent of 60 musicians and 40 dancers. Other burlesque routines resurrected by John Grant and the boys include the “Lemon Bit,” here called “Find the Submarine,” during which Smokey pulls the old shell game on Pomeroy by using tin cups and lemons.