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Abbott and Costello, Part 2


Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in a scene from the film "Bud Abbott And Lou Costello In Hollywood," 1945.  Michael Ochs Archives/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in a scene from the film "Bud Abbott And Lou Costello In Hollywood," 1945. Michael Ochs Archives/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images

Abbott and Costello made it big in Hollywood during WWII, but the later part of their career together was beset by tragedy, money issues and personal problems that ultimately ended their partnership.

Holly's Research:

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  • Biography.com Editors. “Lou Costello.” Biography.com. June 11, 2014. http://www.biography.com/people/lou-costello-162971
  • Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Abbott and Costello.” Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. July 9, 2012. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Abbott-and-Costello#ref286866
  • Kantor, Michael and Laurence Maslon. “Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.” Grand Central Publishing. 2008.
  • Francis, Bill. “Who’s On First Joined the Hall 60 years Ago.” National Baseball Hall of Fame. June 2, 2016. http://baseballhall.org/discover/short-stops/whos-on-first
  • “Two Famous Myths of Funny Men Exploded.” Chicago Tribune. Aug. 15, 1943. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1943/08/15/page/55/article/two-famous-myths-of-funny-men-exploded-looking-at-hollywood-with-hedda-hopper
  • Ames, Walter. “From the Archives: Lou Costello, Famed Comedian, Dies at 52.” Los Angeles Times. March 4, 1959. http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-lou-costello-19590304-story.html
  • Costello, Chris and Raymond Strait. “Lou's on First: The Tragic Life of Hollywood's Greatest Clown Warmly Recounted by His Youngest Child.” Macmillan. 1982. (Digital edition for Kindle.)
  • Dunning, John. “On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio.” Oxford University Press. 1998.

Topics in this Podcast: television, radio, comedy, biographies, entertainment history, 20th century, Abbott and Costello, show notes


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