Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of by Scott Allen Nollen

By Scott Allen Nollen

As of the preferred entertainers of the mid-century movie undefined, comedian greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello provided a necessary balm to the yankee public following the sorrows of the good melancholy and through the trauma of global struggle II. this is often the 1st e-book to concentration intimately at the immensely renowned wartime motion pictures of Abbott and Costello, discussing the creation, content material, and reception of 18 movies in the context of wartime occasions at the domestic entrance and in a foreign country. the movies lined comprise the provider comedies dollar Privates, within the military, and retain 'Em Flying; extra mainstream comedian reduction motion pictures reminiscent of Pardon My Sarong and Who performed It?; and post-war experiments akin to Little colossal and The Time in their Lives. greater than a hundred and twenty stills and foyer playing cards from the author's own assortment illustrate the textual content, together with many displaying outtakes or deleted scenes.

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Patty asks while observing Pommy drilling some sailors in a lifeboat. Though the craft is on dry land, the very motion of the oars makes him seasick. “The big shot turns out to be a blank cartridge,” concludes Patty. S. Navy is even more of a fantasy land than the Army of Buck Privates. Though they’re not raw recruits this time (Watson has the stripes of a petty officer, third class, while Adams is PO, second class), the boys enjoy leisure activities most of the time. ” “I’m in love. I don’t know what I’m doin,’” he tells his would-be girlfriend.

Bud and Lou also demonstrate “7 × 13 = 28” for the first of several times in their Universal films, a brilliant bit of business during which this equation is proved through multiplication, division and addition. ” The dream sequence involving Pomeroy’s inept command of the ship begins with Dizzy and the boys preparing breakfast for the Captain. Costello shines during an inspired bit of business when grabbing a piece of toast made by Shemp Howard. ” asks Pomeroy. ” He then accidentally drinks a “sleeping solution” in a glass of orange juice.

On August 14, the two leaders issued the Atlantic Charter, a nine-point joint declaration of their vision for the post–World War II world. S. and Britain not to seek territorial gains, the right of all people to self-determination, the lowering of trade barriers, global economic cooperation and the advancement of social welfare, freedom from want and fear, freedom of the seas, disarmament and—most importantly—the defeat of the Axis powers. , and Yugoslavia. Free French representatives of General Charles de Gaulle also voiced their approval.

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