STILL MAKIN' PICTURES!
Through; Speaker Gerald A.
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Abbott & Lou Costello are
overjoyed by the living's interest in the films they are doing in
The Spirit Realm. Most people do not know how valuable Their work
is, and how Those in The Spirit Realm continue to adore them.
This simple list cannot begin to fully describe these films. It is just a small effort. They were sent through to help us in our fundraising efforts, but they also give us a delightful glimpse into The Spirit World, into the types of entertainment that Those Who Have Gone Before enjoy.
We thank Bud & Lou with all our hearts for the joy they have given us while we have been preparing this list, and the joy they give tired and weary Souls in The Spirit Realm.
A great philosopher once said that laughter is the best medicine, and in that aspect Bud & Lou are Spirit's greatest physicians.
LOU COSTELLO DIED MARCH 3RD.
nearly a year in The Spirit Realm
became bored and did a couple of bit parts in other peoples'
movies. The public immediately screamed for more, and Lou was
approached by Benjamin Alexander, one of the biggest producers in
The Spirit realm, and begged to start making films of his own
Lou, being still disappointed by his lukewarm success in the material world, said he could not work without a partner. An immediate search was begun and Earl White, a Bud impersonator, was chosen from several candidates to play opposite Lou, and their first feature was produced, which was an immediate hit!
1. ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET GEORGE WASHINGTON
They finally win over the lovely female secretary and treasurer who help the boys dump their crooked boss and win the day.
1. FISHY FISHY
& Lou are two vaudeville
stranded in Mexico when their company folds. A young fishing boat
captain offers to let them work their passage back to the states,
and the boys agree.
The young captain is in love with the daughter of another boat captain who will hardly look at him, and the kind-harted duo decide to play matchmaker. An hilarious comedy of errors ensues, but the movie ends with the happy couple saying their vows in a big church ceremony with Bud & Lou looking on.
2. IN THE AIR FORCE
& Lou are waist gunners on a WW2 B-17. They have
hilarious adventures on the ground, among the other crews on the
air base. But the movie's most hilarious part is the conclusion.
On a flight over Germany their plane is hit. The rest of their
crew bails out, but Lou drops his & Bud's parachutes and
they're sucked out of the plane. In desperation the two boys try
to fly the plane back to England. As they dump their bombs they
land on an air base where Hitler is visiting, and destroy the
German's finest new aircraft. The Germans begin to chase them
with everything they have.
The boys finally crash in the English Channel, but in the movie's last scene are welcomed back to the base as conquering heroes, and given medals.
1. IT'S A KILT! IT'S A KILT!
& Lou are a bumbling 1918
team, when an English lawyer arrives at the theater one day to
tell Lou that he's the last surviving member of The MacGriggins,
and has inherited the family's vast estates in Scotland.
The two boys pack their bags and head off, not knowing that Lou has also inherited the family curse that turns him into a horse from sunrise to sunset....and, the 200 year old feud with The MacGregors, who live in the castle down the way!
The two boys immediately fall in love with the MacGregor's two lovely daughters and an hilarious search ensues for the stone that tells the secret of how to end the curse.
The movie concludes in an hilarious Highland battle, in which Lou dispatches most of the MacGregors with a swift kick in the rear. At the end of the battle a stone marker is overturned and the words are revealed; 'When a MacGregor kisses a MacGriggin in true love, then shall the curse be broken, and peace be done.'
Lou's girlfriend, reading the inscription, rushes up and kisses the horse on the nose. There's a loud BANG, a puff of smoke, and Lou is standing there going "Woo! Woo!"
2. ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET ABE LINCOLN
& Lou own an antique shop and come into possession
Abraham Lincoln's top hat, and Lou decides to wear it as an
advertising gimmick. The only problem is every time he puts it on
Lincoln (played by himself,) appears, and Lou can only tell the
Instead of hurting their business, however, this makes them extremely popular, and their store becomes famous!
A group of citizens approach Lou to run for mayor and a zany political campaign ensues, which concludes with an hilarious food fight at a political picnic.
Lou wins the election. At the end of the movie one of Lincoln's descendants shows up and requests the hat. Lou gives it to him, but continues to tell the truth. Bud comes over and asks him why, and Lou answers, "Because it makes me feel good, and people like it. So I'm going to keep right on doing it!"
As the scene fades, Bud nods in agreement.
this zany flick Bud is the
manager of a
third rate minor league baseball team, and Lou is the bat boy,
but only because his uncle owns the team.
Lou idolizes Babe Ruth, and is always pretending to be him. One day two mean players on the team decide to play a prank on the little bad boy, by letting him join in batting practice, making him think he's doing very well, and then humiliating him.
The Spirit of Babe Ruth (Played by himself,) is angry, steps into his little admirer's body, and humiliates the pitcher by driving pitch after pitch out of the park.
Lou has no illusions. He knows it was Babe who was doing the hitting, but Bud thinks he's found a new batting star and puts Lou in the lineup. An hilarious season ensues, in which the losers become the best in their league and sweep on.
But Babe's ability to help his little buddy is running out, and in the very last game Lou must make the hit himself. On the last strike he gets a line drive, taking the other team completely off guard, and makes a mad dash for home. He arrives with the ball in a cloud of dust, the crowd falls silent, as the dust settles. All eyes fall on the umpire, who seems to take forever to make his decision, then, spreading his arms, cries, "Safe!"
The crowd explodes. The team rushes on the field, picks up the little hero, and carries him off.
2. ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER
& Lou are insurance salesmen on vacation in the
In an out-of-the-way junkshop Lou buys an old Indian lance. As
he's putting it into the car he sees Custer sitting in the back
seat. He tries to tell Bud that there's somebody back there, but
Bud doesn't believe him.
Custer explains that only Lou can see him and that the lance he bought was the one Crazy Horse used to kill him, and he is now tied to it forever, unless he can return it to a young Sioux Chief who will lead his tribe back to their glory.
He begs Lou to help him. The kind hearted Lou agrees, and when they stop for lunch, convinces Bud he's not crazy, and gets him to agree to the trip.
A corrupt Indian agent however, overhears the conversation, as does a corrupt Indian Chief on the way to the same pow wow, an antique dealer, and a carney owner. All want the lance and an hilarious chase across Arizona and New Mexico ensues.
In one scene Lou is trapped and forced to fight a dozen pursuers. He seems invincible, but it is actually the Spirit Of Custer that is pounding the attackers.
The boys finally reach their goal and return the lance, joining in the Indian pow wow as honored guests. As the dancing goes on, the Spirit Of Custer watches. The Spirit of Crazy Horse walks out of the smoke, stands beside him, and smiles, extending his hand. The two men shake. ( Custer and Crazy Horse played by themselves.)
1. SLAP HAPPY
another of their delightful sports
is the manager of an unsuccessful hockey team who discovers the
ice rink's janitor, played by Lou, skating around the rink at
incredible speed and slapping shot after shot into the goal. He
convinces the timid and frightened Lou to play. Lou agrees under
one condition...if he can wear his battered old jersey in every
game because he thinks it is magical and is what gives him his
Almost immediately Lou crosses paths with the league's biggest and dirtiest player, Big Red McGee, by not only beating him in the rink, but by also stealing his sweet but dumb girlfriend, Penelope. The two become rivals both on and off the ice.
All comes to a head at the national championships when Red finds out the secret of the jersey from one of Lou's teammates who is mad because Lou took his place.
Red steals the jersey and burns it. Lou does not know this, however, and merely thinks it is lost. He plays terribly for most of the game, until in desperation Bud grabs a look-alike jersey, calls him to the sidelines, and tells Lou he found his missing treasure. But he doesn't have time to put it on. He shoves the counterfeit under Lou's jersey and thinking his magic has returned Lou returns to the game like a whirlwind, skating around the frustrated Red like he's standing still, repeatedly tripping him, and dumping him.
Lou makes the winning score seconds before the game ends. It is only then that Bud tells him the truth...that he had won by his own skill and didn't need the magic jersey. As the scene fades the astonished Lou cries, "Well, what do you know?"
2. ZIP A DEE DOO DAED
In this first of the very popular live action/animated features, Bud plays the mayor of a little southern town and Lou plays its bumbling sheriff who must evict the owner of a popular farm. A well known rabbit and his forest friends lead Lou on an hilarious adventure that finally ends in the farm being turned into a state park and its beloved owner being made its caretaker. At the end of the movie as Lou is driving off in his sheriff's car, the rabbit remarks, "You know, he ain't too bad for a human, he ain't too bad at all!"
1. GOLF BALLS
this hilarious sports spoof Bud plays a
good professional golfer, who, at his wife's insistance, takes on
his out of work brother-in-law as his caddy; Lou. Lou thinks golf
is silly and is always asking foolish questions like "Why do
they call it a putter? Why don't they call it a tapper?"
One day he says "This game is so easy a baby could do it."
In frustration Bud gives him the driver and says "O.k., do it!"
Lou does everything wrong but gets a hole in one! Bud has him try again and he goes down in two. Lou has an incredible knack to play golf.
Bud puts him on the PGA and he begins to win every tournament, in the most hilarious manner. The movie builds to a conclusion as there is one more tournament between Lou and a sweep.
All the other golfers are doing everything they can think of to make Lou lose. In the final round they even put liquor in his water bottle, and though absolutely loaded, Lou wins, and in the final scene holds up the trophy as he's carried by the crowd.
This second animated/live action feature features Lou as a bumbling grocery store clerk and Bud as the store's owner. One day a destitute old lady enters the store and talks Lou into taking her cat in exchange for some provisions. It turns out to be the magical and mischievous cat, and a series of adventures ensue until Bud & Lou, having become very well-to-do, return the magical cat to its previous owner. This is Abbott & Costello at its very best
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