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Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 February 1955 (Sweden)
Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

John Grant, Lee Loeb (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Harry 'Slim' Pierce
Lou Costello ... Willie 'Tubby' Piper
Fred Clark ... Joseph Gorman - aka Sergei Toumanoff
Lynn Bari ... Leota Van Cleef
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Hinds
Harold Goodwin ... Cameraman (as Herold Goodwin)
Roscoe Ates ... Wagon Driver
Mack Sennett ... Mack Sennett
Heinie Conklin ... Studio Guard
Hank Mann ... Prop Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Barton Doris Barton ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Margaret Eubank Margaret Eubank ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Peggy Gordon Peggy Gordon ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
Dorothy Martinson Dorothy Martinson ... Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
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Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

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When every face wore a custard pie, and vamps broke hearts with a winking eye! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello in the Stunt Men See more »

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Budget:

$743,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Mack Sennett: seminal silent-picture director directs a pie-throwing sequence. See more »

Goofs

The LA cops introduce themselves to Toumanoff as being from "Los-Zangeles". This pronunciation was not officially adopted until 1934. The cops in 1914 would have more likely announced themselves as being from "Lo-Sang-ga-lus". See more »

Quotes

Harry 'Slim' Pierce: Willie, do you realize the person that puts money in this moving picture business is going to make a fortune?
Willie 'Tubby' Piper: Gimme that money.
Harry 'Slim' Pierce: Now...
Willie 'Tubby' Piper: I gotta put that in the bank like my aunt told me to do.
Harry 'Slim' Pierce: Willie, listen to this. See it right here? Do you want to become rich? If so, invest in this new entertainment medium, Motion Pictures. $5,000 cash buys a fully equipped studio. Willie, opportunity is knocking at your door!
Willie 'Tubby' Piper: Tell 'em I'm not home. I went to the bank.
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"23 - Skidoo"
26 August 2014 | by xyzkozakSee all my reviews

Released in 1955 - With its inferior and hokey-looking visual effects, along with its very silly story-line, I could never say that this Abbott & Costello vehicle amounted to being anything but that of a second-rate (and very unremarkable) bit of slapstick comedy.

Set in the year 1912, Bud & Lou play characters Harry Pierce and Willie Piper (respectively) who are presently residents of NYC.

Before he realizes what's happened, Willie is promptly swindled, by fast-talking shyster, Joe Gorman, out of the $5,000 that he's holding onto for his aunt.

The slimy Gorman, and his seductive accomplice, Leota Van Cleef, cleverly persuade Willie that he'll make millions being the proud owner of the Phenomenal Motion Pictures studio, situated on the outskirts of the city.

It doesn't take long for his buddy, Harry, to convince the naive Willie that he's been royally scammed. And, with that, our 2 buddies head out to L.A. where they believe Gorman has high-tailed it with the $5,000.

Upon arriving in L.A., Willie inadvertently becomes Amalgamated Pictures' star stuntman and before long swindler Joe Gorman is discovered working for the same production company under an assumed name and flimsy disguise.

Needless to say, a high-speed chase involving 8 Keystone cops gets underway where justice is finally served over the return of Willie's $5,000.

Filmed in b&w, this picture has a running time of only 80 minutes and it also features a cameo appearance by pioneering, silent-era, comedy director, Mack Sennett.


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