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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

Mention Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and most people immediately think of their classic "Who's on First" routine. Unfortunately, that's all they are known for to those members of younger generations who happen to recognize the duo's names. That's too bad because there was so much more to Abbott and Costello than that one hilarious exchange.

In 1941, they ranked No. 3 at the box-office....In 1942, they moved up to No. 1. That was also the year they began their own weekly radio show. Overall, Abbott and Costello ranked in the top 10 box-office money makers during eight of their 15 years at Universal.

Each has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, television and motion pictures. They made more feature films (36) together than any other comedy team in movie history, including Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis and Hope and Crosby.


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Comedy Duo

  • Abbott and Costello
  • A366/81: Lou Costello: dangling from window ledge
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Lou Costello

Radio, Movies & TV

  • Monsterous Laughs
  • Abbott and Costello
    U.S. comedic duo that was regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy. Bud Abbott (orig. William Alexander Abbott; b. Oct. 2, 1895, Asbury Park, N.J., U.S.¬ód. April 24, 1974, Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Lou Costello (orig. Louis... more
  • ABBOTT AND COSTELLO AS CLUELESS DETECTIVES IN ONE OF THEIR BEST FILMS, THE 2 MEMBERS OF THE POPULAR COMEDY TEAM PLAY SODA JERKS WHO BECOME AMATEUR SLEUTHS.
    BUD ABBOTT and LOU COSTELLO were two knockabout funnymen who relied nearly exclusively on gags, verbal jokes and slapstick to make their way through more than 35 comedies during the 1940s and '50s. For more than a decade their films were... more
  • ABBOTT AND COSTELLO, REEL TO REEL
    ABBOTT AND COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD, by Bob Furmanek and Ron Palumbo; G.P. Putnam's Sons, 272 pp., $16.95. more
  • Movies; CINE FILE; A birthday bash for Lou Costello; A film fest honors the shorter half of Abbott & Costello. This year, he would have been 100.
    THERE'S an annual Bud Abbott and Lou Costello celebration every year in Fort Lee, N.J. -- Costello was born in nearby Patterson -- and this year's festivities marked the centennial of the roly-poly Costello, who died of a heart attack just a... more
  • Buck Privates
    Abstract: Abbott and Costello join the army in this lively comedy featuring the famous pair at their funniest. Slicker Smith (Abbott) and Herbie Brown (Costello) are two con men who accidentally enlist and find themselves trying to... more
  • MOVIE MONSTERS RUN AMOK ABBOTT AND COSTELLO CONFRONT COUNT DRACULA, THE WOLF MAN AND THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER.
    For movie buffs, it would appear that Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) was off to a bad start right from the opening credits. It's a misleading title, because the comedy team meets the monster, not the maker, Henry... more