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List of Lou Costello Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Fair Co-Ed (1927)
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The Fair Co-Ed
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Upon realizing that Bob, the man she is attracted to, is a women’s basketball coach at Bingham College, Marion begins going to the college. Over time, she begins to become the star basketball player, but she clashes against Betty, who is also interested in Bob. Her teammates are furious with her when Marion decides to quit just before the championship games.

Starring:
Lillian Leighton, Marion Davies, Thelma Hill, Johnny Mack Brown, Jane Winton
Directed By:
Sam Wood
2. The Time of Their Lives (1946)
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The Time of Their Lives
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Role:
Horatio Prim
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Binnie Barnes, John Shelton, Marjorie Reynolds
Directed By:
Charles Barton
3. Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)
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Bardelys the Magnificent
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2

This romantic silent movie based on Rafael Sabatini’s 1906 novel of the same name follows an affluent courtier Bardelys in the court of France's King Louis XIII. Known for being a casual womanizer, he is challenged by another courtier to woo the beautiful Roxalanne. He accepts it and sets out to charm the lady, but instead finds himself in love with her.

Starring:
John Wayne, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Eleanor Boardman, Lionel Belmore
Directed By:
4. The Cossacks (1928)
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The Cossacks
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2

The Cossacks is a drama film which revolves around Lukashka, the son of a fierce Cossack chief. However, unlike his father, he is a laidback person, and likes to spend his time relaxing in the woods, or flirting with Maryana, his sweetheart. However, when Maryana feels that he is a coward, Lukashka decides to prove himself as a capable warrior against the Turks. Things get complicated when the Tsar’s son comes to their village looking for a bride, and takes a liking to Maryana.   

Starring:
John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Ernest Torrence, Nils Asther, Paul Hurst
Directed By:
Clarence Brown, George W. Hill
5. Who Done It? (1942)
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Who Done It?
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Role:
Mervin Q. Milgrim / Voice of Himself on Radio
Starring:
Mary Wickes, Bud Abbott, William Gargan, Patric Knowles, Louise Allbritton
Directed By:
Erle C. Kenton
6. It Ain't Hay (1943)
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It Ain't Hay
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2

Bumbling fool, Wilbur Hoolihan ,kills a horse owned by King O'Hara. In order to replace the horse, he and his friend, Grover Mockridge, unwittingly take a champion thoroughbred named Tea Biscuit, thinking it to be just some old horse. Misadventures and chaos begin, as the horse’s real owner realizes the theft. 

Role:
Wilbur Hoolihan
Starring:
Shemp Howard, Bud Abbott, Eugene Pallette, Cecil Kellaway, Bud Abbott
Directed By:
Erle C. Kenton
7. Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
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Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
TV-G
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2

Talbot makes an urgent call to baggage clerks Wilbur and Chick, hoping to warn them about a parcel that is going to arrive at the local wax museum. However, before he is able to finish, they are interrupted and they soon find themselves fighting against Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.

Role:
Wilbur
Starring:
Directed By:
Charles Barton
8. A Wave, a WAC and a Marine (1944)
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A Wave, a WAC and a Marine
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2

Henny is a talent scout working for the Margaret Arnes Film Agency in Hollywood. His boss Sally wants to put a couple of Broadway stars under contract, but Henny mistakenly signs up their understudies instead.

Starring:
Mel Blanc, Henny Youngman, Sally Eilers, Richard Lane, Ann Gillis
Directed By:
Phil Karlson
9. Pardon My Sarong (1942)
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Pardon My Sarong
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2
Role:
Wellington Pflug
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Virginia Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Robert Paige, Bud Abbott
Directed By:
Erle C. Kenton
10. Hold That Ghost (1941)
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Hold That Ghost
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Role:
Ferdinand Jones
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard, Richard Carlson, Joan Davis, Mischa Auer
Directed By:
Arthur Lubin
11. The Naughty Nineties (1945)
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The Naughty Nineties
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Role:
Sebastian Dinwiddle
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Henry Travers, Alan Curtis, Rita Johnson, Bud Abbott
Directed By:
Jean Yarbrough
12. The Battle of the Century (1927)
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The Battle of the Century
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2

A fight manager takes out an insurance policy on one of his fighters, and plans to collect the insurance money by planning an accident. However, things don’t go according to plan, as a pie delivery man slips on the banana peel which was meant for his fighter.

Starring:
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jack Adams, Wilson Benge, Ed Brandenburg
Directed By:
Clyde Bruckman
13. Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
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Buck Privates Come Home
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Role:
Herbie Brown
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Tom Brown, Nat Pendleton, Joan Shawlee
Directed By:
Charles Barton
14. In Society (1944)
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In Society
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2
Role:
Albert
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Marion Hutton, Kirby Grant, Margaret Irving
Directed By:
Erle C. Kenton, Jean Yarbrough
15. Little Giant (1946)
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Little Giant
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2
Role:
Benny Miller
Starring:
Bud Abbott, George Cleveland, Brenda Joyce, Jacqueline deWit
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
16. The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)
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The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
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2

This Western film tells the story of two travelling salesmen who stop in a town during their journey. However, they are charged with the murder of a notorious criminal, and within a short time, they are convicted and sentenced to death. 

Role:
Chester Wooley
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Marjorie Main, George Cleveland, Audrey Young
Directed By:
Charles Barton
17. Buck Privates (1941)
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Buck Privates
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2
Role:
Herbie Brown
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard, Lee Bowman, Alan Curtis, Bud Abbott
Directed By:
Arthur Lubin
18. 10,000 Kids and a Cop (1948)
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10,000 Kids and a Cop
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2
Role:
Lou Costello
Starring:
James Stewart, Bud Abbott, William Bendix, Brenda Joyce
Directed By:
Charles Barton
19. Lost in Alaska (1952)
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Lost in Alaska
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2
Role:
George Bell
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Mitzi Green, Bruce Cabot, Tom Ewell
Directed By:
Jean Yarbrough
20. Hit the Ice (1943)
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Hit the Ice
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2
Role:
Weejie McCoy
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Patric Knowles, Elyse Knox, Ginny Simms
Directed By:
Erle C. Kenton, Charles Lamont
21. The Noose Hangs High (1948)
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The Noose Hangs High
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In this remake of 1939 movie For Love or Money, two inept window washer – Ted and Tommy - are wrongly taken to be messengers by a gangster Craig and tasked to collect $50,000. In a turn of events, the money lands up with a woman Carol who spends a lot of it. With limited time in hand, the trio struggle to save themselves from the gangster’s ire. Meanwhile a rich gambler makes an entry.

Role:
Tommy Hinchcliffe
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Leon Errol, Joseph Calleia, Cathy Downs
Directed By:
Charles Barton
22. Fireman Save My Child (1954)
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Fireman Save My Child
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2

Fireman Save My Child is a comedy film which takes us to San Francisco 1910, and revolves around a group of nincompoops who are running a fire station.

Starring:
Bud Abbott, Adele Jergens, Hugh O'Brian, Buddy Hackett
Directed By:
Leslie Goodwins
23. Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)
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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
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2
Role:
Freddie Phillips
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Boris Karloff, Lenore Aubert, Joseph Garland Moore Jr.
Directed By:
Charles Barton
24. In the Navy (1941)
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In the Navy
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2
Role:
Pomeroy Watson
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard, Dick Powell, Claire Dodd, Sisters The Andrews
Directed By:
Arthur Lubin
25. Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)
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2
Ride 'Em Cowboy
TV-G
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2
Role:
Willoughby
Starring:
Dorothy Dandridge, Bud Abbott, Johnny Mack Brown, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Bud Abbott
Directed By:
Arthur Lubin
26. Here Come the Co-eds (1945)
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Here Come the Co-eds
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2
Role:
Oliver Quackenbush
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Martha O'Driscoll, Peggy Ryan, June Vincent
Directed By:
Jean Yarbrough
27. Lost in a Harem (1944)
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Lost in a Harem
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2

This comedy film is about two magicians on tour of the Middle East, who decide to help a young prince in regaining his throne from his devious uncle, who maintains his power, using magical hypnotic rings, and ruthless methods. 

Role:
Harvey Garvey
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Douglass Dumbrille, Marilyn Maxwell, John Conte
Directed By:
Charles Reisner
28. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man
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2
Role:
Lou Francis
Starring:
William Frawley, Bud Abbott, Adele Jergens, Nancy Guild
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
29. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
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2
Role:
Abercrombie
Starring:
Lucille Ball, Bud Abbott, Warner Anderson, Frances Rafferty
Directed By:
S. Sylvan Simon
30. Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)
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Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
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2
Role:
Willie 'Tubby' Piper
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Lynn Bari, Maxie Rosenbloom, Fred Clark
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
31. Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
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Keep 'Em Flying
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2
Role:
Heathcliff
Starring:
Bud Abbott, William Gargan, Martha Raye, Carol Bruce
Directed By:
Ralph Ceder, Arthur Lubin
32. One Night in the Tropics (1940)
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One Night in the Tropics
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2
Role:
Costello
Starring:
William Frawley, Bud Abbott, Allan Jones, Robert Cummings, Nancy Kelly
Directed By:
A. Edward Sutherland
33. Comin' Round the Mountain (1951)
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2
Comin' Round the Mountain
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2
Role:
Wilbert Smith
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Joe Sawyer, Kirby Grant, Dorothy Shay
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
34. Mexican Hayride (1948)
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Mexican Hayride
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2

Mexican Hayride is a 1948 comedy film, which is based on the Broadway musical of the same name. This film revolves around a con man who finds a tall guy for a stock swindle and a mine scam. 

Role:
Joe Bascom
Starring:
Bud Abbott, John Hubbard, Virginia Grey, Luba Malina
Directed By:
Charles Barton
35. Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)
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Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
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2
Role:
Lou Hotchkiss
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Douglass Dumbrille, Walter Slezak, Patricia Medina
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
36. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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2
Role:
Tubby
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Boris Karloff, Craig Stevens, Helen Westcott
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
37. Rio Rita (1942)
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Rio Rita
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2

Based on a Nazi musical of the same name, this film revolves around two friends, Abott and Costello, in their attempt to foil the sinister intentions of a Nazi spy. 

Role:
'Wishy'
Starring:
Bud Abbott, John Carroll, Patricia Dane, Kathryn Grayson
Directed By:
S. Sylvan Simon
38. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
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2
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
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2

In order to make some money, two friends named Peter and Fred are guarding a valuable mummy. However, things get complicated when they find themselves drawn into a murder plot.

Role:
Freddie Franklin
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Dan Seymour, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
39. Africa Screams (1949)
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2
Africa Screams
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2
Role:
Stanley Livington
Starring:
Shemp Howard, Bud Abbott, Clyde Beatty, Joe Besser
Directed By:
Charles Barton
40. Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
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2
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
9
2
Role:
Orville
Starring:
Anita Ekberg, Bud Abbott, Robert Paige, Mari Blanchard
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
41. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
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2

Rocky and Puddin’ Head are waiting tables at an inn, when they suddenly receive a letter for delivery. However, their lives take a complete turn when it gets switched with a treasure map.

Role:
Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill
Starring:
Charles Laughton, Bud Abbott, Hillary Brooke, Bill Shirley
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
42. Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
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2
Dance with Me, Henry
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2

Dance with me, Henry tells the story of two owners of an amusement park, who get in trouble with gangsters. However, the children who visit the amusement park decide to help them out. 

Role:
Lou Henry
Starring:
Mary Wickes, Bud Abbott, Gigi Perreau, Rusty Hamer
Directed By:
Charles Barton
43. The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
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2
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock
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2
Role:
Artie Pinsetter
Starring:
Jimmy Conlin, Dorothy Provine, Gale Gordon, Charles Lane
Directed By:
Sidney Miller
44. Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)
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2
Jack and the Beanstalk
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2
Role:
Jack / Jack Strong (as Costello)
Starring:
Mel Blanc, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford, Buddy Baer
Directed By:
Jean Yarbrough
45. Rose-Marie (1928)
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Rose-Marie
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This silent drama film tells the story of a woman who finds herself in a complicated situation after the man she really loves is accused of murder. Eventually, she agrees to marry another influential suitor.

Starring:
Joan Crawford, James Murray, Creighton Hale, House Peters, Gibson Gowland
Directed By:
Lucien Hubbard
46. The Taxi Dancer (1927)
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The Taxi Dancer
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1

A silent film about a girl from the Southern United States who struggles to be a dancer in New York city. She becomes a taxi dancer and attracts many admirers in the process.

Starring:
Joan Crawford, Rockliffe Fellowes, Owen Moore, Marc McDermott, Gertrude Astor
Directed By:
Harry F. Millarde
47. Circus Rookies (1928)
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Circus Rookies
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1
Starring:
George K. Arthur, Louise Lorraine, Karl Dane, Sydney Jarvis,
Directed By:
Edward Sedgwick

TV Shows and Videos

Abbott & Costello: Live & Hilarious! (1989)
Abbott & Costello: Live & Hilarious!
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Bud Abbott
The Abbott and Costello Show (1952)
The Abbott and Costello Show
TV-G
Role:
Lou Costello (52 episodes, 1952-1954)
Starring:
Bud Abbott, Mel Blanc, Gordon Jones, Bobby Barber, Bud Abbott
The Steve Allen Show (1956)
The Steve Allen Show
Starring:
Don Knotts, Andy Griffith, Alan Young, Larry Fine, Keenan Wynn, Gloria Swanson, Steve Allen
Directed By:
Dwight Hemion
Wagon Train (1957)
Wagon Train
Starring:
Barbara Stanwyck, David Carradine, Lee Marvin, Elizabeth Montgomery, Don Rickles, Bette Davis, Mickey Rooney
Directed By:
Virgil W. Vogel, Joseph Pevney, Jerry Hopper, Allen H. Miner, Herschel Daugherty
I'm the Law (1953)
I'm the Law
Starring:
Denver Pyle, George Raft, June Vincent, Lawrence Dobkin, J. Anthony Hughes
General Electric Theater (1953)
General Electric Theater
Starring:
Bea Benaderet, Ron Howard, Peggy Lee, Edward G. Robinson, Donna Reed, James Coburn, Elinor Donahue
Directed By:
Herschel Daugherty, Don Medford, James Neilson, Jules Bricken, Mitchell Leisen