Abbott & Costello Show #5, The

Shanachie   (1993) / Region 1
Abbott & Costello Show #5, The

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Contains 4 complete shows from the classic TV series (1952-53), transferred from the original 35mm film masters.

The Abbott and Costello TV Show is timeless American humor, as fresh today as it was 40 years ago. All the classic routines which "the boys" performed on film, radio and stage, were captured in 1952-53 for the new medium of television and delivered at the peak of their powers.

The regular cast of characters, including Mr. Fields, Mike the Cop, Stinky, Bacciagalupe and Hillary, had worked with Bud and Lou on film and stage and each contributed memorably. These shows stand today as perhaps the finest surviving representation of the art of burlesque comedy.


Police Academy

The boys plan to enroll in the police academy, so they invite Mike the Cop over for dinner to find out what's in store. While Bingo's taking a bath, the boys do their famous "mustard" routine at the dinner table. When they finally end up as rookies at the police academy, they create havoc and are thrown out when Lou sets off a live grenade.

Charity Bazaar

The boys help out with a charity bazaar. They perform the burlesque favorite buzzin' the bee" with the help of a line of bathing beauties. Lou spends most of his time at the kissing booth when he finds a devious way to keep his costs down. Bud hustles Lou and Mr. Fields in the classic "find the lemon" routine.

Killer's Wife

Killer King, a jealous heavyweight fighter, moves in across the hall from the boys. Before long, Killer thinks Lou is messing around with Dixie, his blond bombshell of a wife, and he's ready to murder Lou if he can find him. Bud finds out that Killer needs a sparring partner and its worth $200 to anyone who'll step in the ring. He cons Lou into doing it without telling him the whole story.

Well Oiled

An old flame is suing Mr. Fields for breach of promise and he might have to sell the boarding house to pay her off. Attempting to help him out in exchange for free rent, the boys hatch a scheme to get her off Mr. Fields back. Lou impersonates a Texas millionaire and in a hilarious case of mistaken identity, he successfully woos the fiancé of Mike the Cop instead of Mr. Fields ex-flame.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 02 2002
  • Production Year 1993
  • Empire SKU 461963
  • UPC Code 016351040596
  • Studio  Shanachie
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


Features Not Specified


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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