Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films

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McFarland, Jun 8, 2009 - Performing Arts - 222 pages
As two of the most popular entertainers of the mid-century film industry, comic greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello offered an essential balm to the American public following the sorrows of the Great Depression and during the trauma of World War II. This is the first book to focus in detail on the immensely popular wartime films of Abbott and Costello, discussing the production, content, and reception of 18 films within the context of wartime events on the home front and abroad. The films covered include the service comedies Buck Privates, In the Navy, and Keep ’Em Flying; more mainstream comic relief films such as Pardon My Sarong and Who Done It?; and post-war experiments such as Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives. More than 120 stills and lobby cards from the author’s personal collection illustrate the text, including many showing outtakes or deleted scenes.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Preface
3
Introduction
5
1 New Jersey Boys Make Good
7
2 On the Land and On the Sea
12
3 Money in a Moose Head
27
4 In the Air Corps
34
5 B Western Bunk
42
10 Clique and Campus
94
11 Whos in Uncle Toms Cabin?
106
12 Lucy and Lou
113
13 Postwar Experiments
120
14 Back from the Front
137
15 Cold War Monsters
149
Appendix
181
Chapter Notes
205

6 The Nazis of MGM
49
7 Widespread Comic Relief
56
8 Stallions and Skaters
72
9 Sickness and Slapstick
86

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Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

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