Hollywood has legendary & world famous black & white era comedy acts like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy. None of them hold a candle, for me atleast, to Bud Abbott & Lou Costello. I first saw this duo in a few movies that my cousins had tapped in the UK & showed them to me after they settled back in India (I must have been 12 or 13 when I was introduced to the duo). I was floored by the antics of the two – straight man Abbott and the classic comedic Costello. They were from an era where comedy was quite innocent and slapstick was king and I get a nostalgic rush when I recently started watching some of their movies. In all the duo made 36 movies together of which I had previously seen 5. In certain years they made multiple movies; they had 4 movies come out in both 1941 and 1942.
Although I hadn’t seen any of their movies since, I dunno, 1992-93, I really wanted to get some of their stuff and I saw torrents for all their movies online. I just had to download them and started with my favourites, obviously the 5 that I had already seen & loved. It had been so many years but I found that I remembered some of the dialogues and scenes but was laughing harder than ever at the silly stuff. Ok, so I’m going to blog about the movies but I’m not going to do them in chronological order. Rather I thought I’d do sections – the first would be the 4 movies that saw them appear with classic horror characters from Universal’s movie franchises. So here goes the first section of 4 movies.