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Abbott and Costello

Comedy in the vaudeville style, often slapstick, with guest stars, variety, and an orchestra.

Broadcast History:

  • July 3-Sept. 25, 1940, NBC. 30m, Wednesdays at 9. Summer substitute for. The Fred Allen Show. Sal Hepatica.

  • Oct. 8, 1942-June 27, 1947, NBC. 30m, Thursdays at 7: 30 until 1943, then at 10. Camel Cigarettes.

  • Oct. 1, 1947-June 9, 1949, ABC. 30m, Wednesdays at 9, 1947-48; Thursdays at 8, 1948-49. Sustained:

  • Dec. 6, 1947-March 26, 1949, ABC. 30m, Saturdays at 11 A.M. The Abbott and Costello Children's Show. Sustained.

Cast:  Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Universal film stars, with support from Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Sid Fields, Iris Adrian, Martha Wentworth, Sharon Douglas, Vema Felton.
Announcer:  Ken Niles, who had regular roles in the comedy, with Elvia Allman as Mrs. Niles.
Vocalists:  Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell.
Orchestra:  Leith Stevens (1942), Skinnay Ennis, Will Osborne, Jack Meakin.
Producer:  Martin Gosch.
Writers:  Gosch, Howard Harris, Hal Fimberg, Don Prindle, Ed Cherkose, Len Stem, Martin Ragaway, Paul Conlan, Ed Forman (head writer from the mid-1940s).
Sound Effects:  Floyd Caton.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costelio, remembered primarily as movie comics, got their start toward national fame in radio.   For two seasons, beginning Feb. 3, 1938, they were regulars on The Kate Smith Hour;  they also appeared on Edgar Bergen's Chase and Sanborn Hour.   They had met in 1929, when Costello was booked with a vaudeville act into a neighborhood theater.  Abbott worked in the box office and soon found himself onstage, serving as Costello's straight man.  In 1936 they forged a permanent partnership, playing vaudeville and burlesque in the Depression.  In 1938 they appeared at Loew's in New York, where they were seen by Ted Collins, architect of Kate Smith's career.  Their slaphappy style was perfect for radio, and their rise to frontline stardom was rapid.

Their standup comedy consisted mainly of short skits with clever plays on words.  The famous baseball spoof Who's on First was created for the stage but proved ideal for radio.  The skits developed their images:  Abbott was the stem taskmaster; Costello fumbled his way through life and shrugged off his bumbling with the memorable catchphrase "I'm a baaaaad boy!"  Costello's shrieks were punctuated by flat sarcasm from Abbott, a simple formula that especially delighted children and kept the duo near the top of the entertainment world for a decade.

 

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..Abbott And Costello (Comedy) 87 648.62 40: 07: 35 ~ 37    
....Disc 1 87 648.62 40: 07: 35 ~ 37    
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......Abbott&Costello_1941-09-21__Bergen&McarthyWCFields   1.25 05: 28 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1942-05-11__LouSubstitutesForJoeDimaggio   6.88 30: 05 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1942-10-15__BankRobbery   6.80 29: 42 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1942-11-19__KnightsInShiningArmor   6.87 30: 01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-01-14__HuntingGuideWithClaireTrevor   6.69 29: 13 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-11-18__NylonStockings   5.12 22: 23 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-11-25__FormalThanksgivingDinnerParty   6.18 27: 01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-12-02__TripToPalmSprings   6.82 29: 49 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-12-09__EnglishButlerWithArthurTreacher   13.55 29: 36 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-12-16__TheWildWestWithLynnBari   6.55 28: 37 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1943-12-30__TheLawyer   6.48 28: 18 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-00-26__MatrimonialAgency   6.82 29: 47 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-01-06__Lou'sEngagedToJudyCanova   11.11 24: 17 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-01-13__PeterLorre   5.62 24: 33 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-01-20__GreatGildersleeves   5.95 25: 59 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-02-10__RobinsonCrusoeWithCharlesLaughton   6.83 29: 52 CBR 32 16000 Joint Stereo
......Abbott&Costello_1944-02-17__DorothyLamour   5.43 23: 45 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-03-02__HeddaHopper   2.91 12: 43 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-03-09__SnowWhiteWithBlondieAndDagwood   6.47 28: 17 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-03-16__AtTheCircusWithAlanHale   6.66 29: 06 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-03-30__RadioStationWithAlanLadd   13.22 28: 53 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-06-06__Who'sOnFirst   4.21 18: 24 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-06-18__CostelloBuysGiftsForCast   4.11 17: 58 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-09-24__DorothyLamour   8.58 30: 00 CBR 40 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-10-26__MatrimonialAgency   6.78 29: 38 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-11-02__Mortimer'sPetShop   11.31 24: 43 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-11-09__Lou'sRaceHorse,PeanutButter   12.61 27: 33 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-11-16__ReturnToPS15   13.47 29: 25 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-11-23__FormalThanksgivingDinner   6.18 27: 01 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-12-07__VisitToTinPanAlley   6.71 29: 18 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-12-14__ChristmasShopping   6.68 29: 12 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1944-12-21__ChristmasParty   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-01-11__NeedsAnotherBathTub   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-01-18__ImpressingAGirlfriend   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-01-25__MerchantMarines   6.84 29: 54 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-02-01__StolenOranges   6.60 28: 51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-02-15__RudyVallee   6.66 29: 07 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-03-01__GoingBackToSchoolWithFrankSinatra   12.88 28: 09 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-03-08__NewPressAgent   4.92 21: 30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-03-22__BasicTraining   13.13 28: 41 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-04-05__AtTheRanch   6.91 30: 11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-04-19__AppearingWithTheAndrewsSisters   13.51 29: 31 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-04-26__MakingAMovieWithTheAndrewsSisters   8.24 24: 01 CBR 48 32000 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-05-03__SpanishActingSchool   6.67 29: 09 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-06-07__CostelloGetsATatoo   6.70 29: 17 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-06-28__ReturnToPatterson   7.04 30: 44 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-10-04__LouPromisesHisGirlfriendAJob   13.63 29: 47 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-11-15__LouHidesFromHisGirlfriend   6.60 28: 51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-11-29__OpeningAGasStation   6.67 29: 09 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-12-06__LouTheFireman   6.71 29: 20 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-12-13__Mellonhead'sDepartmentStore   13.50 29: 30 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-12-20__ChristmasParty   6.68 29: 11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1945-12-27__Costello'sBeautyShop   6.91 30: 11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-02-07__LouNeedsAnApartment   8.58 30: 00 CBR 40 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-02-14__WorkingAtTheApartmentHotel   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-03-07__DiscoverUranium   6.86 29: 58 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-03-14__LouHasToPayIncomeTax   4.63 20: 13 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-04-25__SheriffOfNorthHollywood   5.68 24: 50 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-05-09__   8.58 30: 00 CBR 40 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-05-16__CostelloRunsForMayor   13.51 29: 31 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-05-30__PrepareForElsaMaxwell'sParty   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-10-03__Incorrigible   6.79 29: 39 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-10-10__   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-10-15__Postman'sBall   5.57 24: 21 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1946-12-12__LionHuntingTrip   4.29 24: 58 CBR 24 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-02-13__CostelloBuysABoat   13.25 28: 57 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-02-27__DrivingLessons   13.62 29: 45 CBR 64 44100 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-03-13__LouGoesToRacetrackToLoseMoney   6.83 29: 51 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-03-27__StockMarket   6.75 29: 30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-04-10__NutsAndBolts   6.77 29: 35 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-04-17__BaseballPlayer   6.73 29: 24 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-04-24__LouBuildsAHouse   6.82 29: 49 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1947-06-18__BaseballShow   6.91 30: 11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-03-03__UncleMike’sGoldMine   6.87 30: 00 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-03-10__CostelloPaysIncomeTax   4.21 18: 23 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-04-21__OpeningAMarriageBureau   6.75 29: 30 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-04-28__CostelloLookingForAJob   6.76 29: 32 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-05-05__TheNewSheriffWithBellaLugosi   5.67 24: 47 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-10-28   6.85 29: 56 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-11-18__SamShovelCaseOfTheRussianDiplomat   6.61 28: 52 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-12-02__SamShovelCaseOfTheCurbstoneMurder   6.58 28: 45 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-12-12__Hunting   6.57 28: 43 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1948-12-23__ChristmasShow   6.71 29: 18 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1949-01-27__ASpyTriesToKillSamShovel   6.86 29: 59 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1949-03-03__SamShovelMeetsMoonshine   6.84 29: 52 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1949-04-28__SamShovel   6.56 28: 40 CBR 32 22050 Mono
ABBOTTANDCOSTEL2 21 114.92 08: 22: 11 ~ 31    
..Abbott And Costello (Comedy) 21 114.92 08: 22: 11 ~ 31    
....Disc 2 21 114.92 08: 22: 11 CBR 31 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1949-05-19__SamShovel   6.62 28: 55 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_1949-06-09__SamShovel,PrivateEye   6.82 29: 47 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__AtTheRaces   6.93 30: 17 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__AtTheRanch   6.92 30: 13 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__BankRobbery   6.80 29: 42 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__BertGordon   6.51 28: 26 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__ChristmasProgram   6.68 29: 10 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__CostelloHasACold   6.71 29: 19 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__CostelloJoinsTheMerchantMarines   6.55 28: 37 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__Costello'sHorsePeanutButter   0.75 03: 17 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__CostelloTheStuntMan   1.13 04: 57 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__Father'sDay   6.72 29: 21 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__JudyCanova   6.37 27: 49 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__KidsProgramWithRedRider   6.25 27: 19 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__Laugh   1.32 05: 46 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__LindaDarnell   6.52 28: 29 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__LouIsADelegateToTheUN   6.96 30: 23 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__NoDetails-2   6.68 29: 11 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__SusquehannaHatCompany   5.99 26: 09 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__TheShellGameSkit   1.93 08: 26 CBR 32 22050 Mono
......Abbott&Costello_xxxx__UpAndDown   3.80 16: 38 CBR 32 22050 Mono
114 Object(s) 108 763.54 48: 29:46 ~ 36    
 

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