- H4 2012
directed by Arthur Lubin
starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Alan Curtis, Jane Frazee, the Andrews Sisters (= Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, LaVerne Andrews), Nat Pendleton, Samuel S.Hinds, Harry Strang, Nella Walker, Leonard Elliott, Shemp Howard, M.J. Frankovich, Dora Clement, Jean Brooks, Janet Warren, Kay Leslie, Nina Orla, Dorothy Darrell, Douglas Wood
written by Arthur T.Horman, special material for Abbott & Costello written by John Grant, musical direction by Charles Previn
Abbott & Costello
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To escape from the police, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello sign up for
service in the army - where they naturally bring chaos to their regiment.
Also in their regiment are rich kid Randolph Parker III (Lee Bowman) and
his former driver Bob (Alan Curtis), who now wants to have revenge for
everything he had to go through while in Parker's employ. They are both in
love with the same girl, too, camp hostess Judy Grey (Jane Frazee) ...
is actually not interested in serving and hopes his dad (Douglas Wood)
will get him out of it in no time, but his dad thinks the army is the
perfect place to cut his playboy son down to size. Parker actually finds
out about a talent of his, he's really good at shooting, but then he lets
his company down during a shooting contest on a whim, he runs out of
friends all too quickly. During wargames though, Parker finally shows what
he's made of as he saves rival Bob's life and then is instrumental in
helping his regiment to win the games ...
One of the best Abbott
& Costello comedies: The boys are still young enough, their
routines fresh enough, and their act has not yet become a tired clichée.
Sure, Abbott is already losing much of his shine as straight man, but he
hasn't by far become as redundant as in later efforts of the couple. As
for the actual story of the film: It's cheesy as can be and totally
uninteresting, and the film's main attraction Abbott and Costello aren't
even part of it, but fortunately the whole thing takes up rather little
room, so that's good.
In all, not exactly a comedy classic, and even at
the height of their career Abbott & Costello prove to be
& Hardy, but a fun film nevertheless.