Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

83 mins | Comedy | October 1945

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Producer:

Martin A. Gosch

Cinematographer:

Charles Schoenbaum

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Wade B. Rubottom

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Some contemporary sources list the title of this film as Abbott and Costello in Hollywood . The working title for the film was Close Shave . The picture marked Martin Gosch's initial effort as a producer for M-G-M, and was the first film for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello under their new contract with M-G-M. Dance director Charles Walters appeared onscreen in the minor role of "sailor." A Jul 1945 NYT article notes that the film was to have been the first of many M-G-M films starring former Universal players Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, but that the contract between the studio and the comedy team, which called for one film per year for four years, was later abrogated. Mano Artzt, who was hired as a technical advisor on the film, was head of the M-G-M barber shop. M-G-M studio records indicate that the song "Put a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail" was recorded for the film but not ... More Less

Some contemporary sources list the title of this film as Abbott and Costello in Hollywood . The working title for the film was Close Shave . The picture marked Martin Gosch's initial effort as a producer for M-G-M, and was the first film for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello under their new contract with M-G-M. Dance director Charles Walters appeared onscreen in the minor role of "sailor." A Jul 1945 NYT article notes that the film was to have been the first of many M-G-M films starring former Universal players Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, but that the contract between the studio and the comedy team, which called for one film per year for four years, was later abrogated. Mano Artzt, who was hired as a technical advisor on the film, was head of the M-G-M barber shop. M-G-M studio records indicate that the song "Put a Little Salt on the Bluebird's Tail" was recorded for the film but not used. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Aug 1945.
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Daily Variety
22 Aug 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Aug 45
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Feb 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 45
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 45
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 45
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Aug 45
p. 3.
New York Times
16 Jul 1945.
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New York Times
23 Nov 45
p. 26.
Variety
22 Aug 45
p. 20.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Katharine Booth
Mitzie Uehlein
William Hawley
King Baggott
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Assoc
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Transparency projection shots
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech adv
STAND INS
Voice double for Francis Rafferty
Voice double for Bud Abbott
SOURCES
SONGS
"As I Remember You," "I Hope the Band Keeps Playing" and "Fun on the Wonderful Midway," music and lyrics by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Close Shave
Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
Release Date:
October 1945
Production Date:
early April--early June 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 August 1945
Copyright Number:
LP290
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,423
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10970
SYNOPSIS

At the busy Hollywood Shop, the "barber shop to the stars," seasoned barber Buzz Kurtis tries to teach his clumsy pal Abercrombie how to shave customers. Abercrombie practices on an air-filled balloon covered with shaving cream, which explodes in his face when he loses control of the razor. Later, at the office of motion picture agent Norman Royce, Buzz and Abercrombie are in the middle of giving the agent a shave and a shoeshine when Jeff Parker, a singer from Des Moines, arrives looking for an agent to represent him. Impressed by Jeff's singing, Norman decides to recommend him for the romantic lead opposite Claire Warren in director Dennis Kavanaugh's next picture. Leading man Gregory LeMaise was to star in the film, but gave up the part and canceled his contract with Norman. The seeming ease with which Norman makes lucrative movie deals persuades Buzz and Abercrombie to become agents themselves, and they begin by convincing Jeff that he should be their first client. A short time later, at the main entrance to Mammoth Studios, Buzz and Abercrombie accidentally crash their car into Kavanaugh's car and are ordered off the lot. While Kavanaugh signs Jeff to star in his new film, Buzz and Abercrombie try to elude the studio police long enough to find Kavanaugh. Later, to celebrate Jeff's new contract, Kavanaugh, Buzz and Abercrombie take the new star to Ciro's nightclub. There Gregory tells Kavanaugh that he has changed his mind and has decided to resume his role in the film. Kavanaugh, not wanting to take a risk on Jeff, takes Gregory back and cancels his contract with Jeff. Claire, who has fallen in love with ... +


At the busy Hollywood Shop, the "barber shop to the stars," seasoned barber Buzz Kurtis tries to teach his clumsy pal Abercrombie how to shave customers. Abercrombie practices on an air-filled balloon covered with shaving cream, which explodes in his face when he loses control of the razor. Later, at the office of motion picture agent Norman Royce, Buzz and Abercrombie are in the middle of giving the agent a shave and a shoeshine when Jeff Parker, a singer from Des Moines, arrives looking for an agent to represent him. Impressed by Jeff's singing, Norman decides to recommend him for the romantic lead opposite Claire Warren in director Dennis Kavanaugh's next picture. Leading man Gregory LeMaise was to star in the film, but gave up the part and canceled his contract with Norman. The seeming ease with which Norman makes lucrative movie deals persuades Buzz and Abercrombie to become agents themselves, and they begin by convincing Jeff that he should be their first client. A short time later, at the main entrance to Mammoth Studios, Buzz and Abercrombie accidentally crash their car into Kavanaugh's car and are ordered off the lot. While Kavanaugh signs Jeff to star in his new film, Buzz and Abercrombie try to elude the studio police long enough to find Kavanaugh. Later, to celebrate Jeff's new contract, Kavanaugh, Buzz and Abercrombie take the new star to Ciro's nightclub. There Gregory tells Kavanaugh that he has changed his mind and has decided to resume his role in the film. Kavanaugh, not wanting to take a risk on Jeff, takes Gregory back and cancels his contract with Jeff. Claire, who has fallen in love with Jeff, vows to fight Kavanaugh's decision, but Jeff tells her that he has decided to give up his attempt to break into show business and that he will be returning to Des Moines. Desperate to keep their client from leaving Hollywood, Buzz and Abercrombie decide to prevent Gregory from appearing in the film by devising a plan to get the actor arrested. As part of their plan, Buzz and Abercrombie board the actor's boat and provoke him into committing an assault against Abercrombie. Gregory punches Abercrombie so hard, though, that he is propelled into the water. Although Abercrombie swims back to shore, Buzz tells him to hide so that he can accuse Gregory of murder. When Buzz threatens to go to the police, Gregory drops out of sight and is labeled a fugitive by the press. Later, at a bar, Gregory discovers that Abercrombie is alive and chases after him. The chase continues through the amusement park set of Kavanaugh's film, and their ensuing wild roller coaster ride is captured on film. Although the chase adds just the right amount of excitement to the film to make it a hit, Abercrombie and Buzz soon find themselves back at their old jobs at the barber shop. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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