Abbott & Costello Show, Vol. 7

Abbott & Costello Show, Vol. 7

Director: Jean Yarbrough Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Elvia Allman

DVD (Black & White)

Overview

The Abbott & Costello TV Show Vol. 7 contains one classic vaudeville routine and a remake of one of the duo's better film routines, interspersed around some moderately funny stuff. "Jail" contains one of the better extant run-throughs of the renowned burlesque bit "Slowly I Turned" (also known as "Niagra Falls"), and Lou Costello and Sidney Fields cutting up with brilliant comic timing; the bit's sheer familiarity is a virtue -- you know what's coming, but how Costello and Fields get you there is almost worth the price of the disc by itself; there's also a delightful coda reprising the same bit with Abbott and Costello. "Private Eye" is a second season episode that's funny without any particular high-point, containing one topical joke about 3-D movies that most modern viewers won't get. "Vacuum Cleaner Salesman" gives Costello a chance to reprise some of his better moments from the relatively lackluster movie Little Giant, getting him back into the role of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and this show does more with the set-up than the movie ever did; another highlight here is Joe Besser's totally nutsy supporting performance as Stinky. "Fall Guy" features some good slapstick moments but its real virtue is the presence of a pair of old-time comedy veterans, Walter Catlett and Charlie Hall -- Catlett steals every scene he's in just by standing there, and his handling of dialogue is priceless, while Hall, a veteran of countless run-ins with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, is delightfully belligerent as a roofer who must contend with Abbott and Costello. The episode suffers from some bad stunt substitution that's made more obvious by the clarity of the video transfer. The film-to-video transfer is about as good as it's likely ever to be, though there are still dark scenes and the detail varies somewhat between the episodes and even between scenes. Apparently, even getting the disc looking this good required the assistance of the Library of Congress on the materials front, to judge from the end credits. Each episode has been given three chapters, and all are accessible through a simple menu that opens automatically on start-up. The volume is acceptably high.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
UPC: 0016351040794
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Shanachie
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:50:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Play Program [:10]
2. Jail [8:42]
3. Mrs. Crumbcake's Bucket [9:58]
4. Niagara Falls [7:15]
5. Private Eye [11:22]
6. Lou's First Case [6:35]
7. Haunted House [8:00]
8. Vacuum Cleaner Salesman [5:12]
9. Loan Me 50 Cents [11:23]
10. Closing a Sale [9:23]
11. Fall Guy [9:51]
12. Outsmarting Old Man Thomas [11:47]
13. Roof Top Hi-Jinks [4:20]

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