Saturday, July 24, 2010

Abbott and Costello Marathon on TCM Sunday Night

TCM (Turner Classic Movies) is having an Abbott and Costello Marathon Sunday July 25th. They will be showing three Abbott and Costello Movies back to back to back. Buck Privates (1941) starts at 8:00pm ET, Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) at 9:30pm ET and finishing with The Noose Hangs High (1948) at 11:00pm ET. The show is called TCM Exclusives JR and is hosted by John Lithgow. You can get more info about the show at the following link:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

On This Day in Abbott and Costello History

Today July 6th "The Naughty Nineties" opened in 1945.

The time is the 1890s, and Captain Sam (Henry Travers), owner of the showboat River Queen, is travelling from port to port along theMississippi River, bringing his entertainment to each town. During one stop, in the river town of Ironville, he meets up with three individuals, Crawford (Alan Curtis), Bonita (Rita Johnson), and Bailey (Joe Sawyer), who are hiding from the local sheriff. Against the advice of his daughter Caroline (Lois Collier), his lead actor Dexter Broadhurst (Bud Abbott), and his chief roustabout Sebastian Dinwiddle (Lou Costello), the Captain joins them for a card game at a local gambling house.
The Captain is fed drink after drink until he is intoxicated and gets involved in a crooked card game where he loses controlling interest in the show boat to Bonita and Crawford. They use their newfound power to turn the showboat into a floating gambling casino with every game rigged in their favor. Dexter and Sebastian help the captain regain ownership of his vessel and oust the unwanted criminals. (synopsis from Wikipedia) Below is the famous "Who's on First" routine from  "The Naughty Nineties"